[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Groton 7-20-1987 by resolution; amended in its entirety 5-16-1994 by L.L. No. 4-1994. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
Accounting procedures — See Ch. 5.
This investment policy applies to all moneys and other financial resources available for investment on its own behalf or on behalf of any other entity or individual.
The primary objectives of the Village's investment activities are, in priority of order:
The governing board's responsibility for administration of the investment program is delegated to the chief fiscal officer who shall establish written procedures for the operation of the investment program consistent with these investment guidelines. Such procedures shall include an adequate internal control structure to provide a satisfactory level of accountability based on a data base or records incorporating description and amounts of investments, transaction dates and other relevant information and to regulate the activities of subordinate employees.
All participants in the investment process shall seek to act responsibly as custodians of the public trust and shall avoid any transaction that might impair public confidence in the Village of Groton to govern effectively.
Investments shall be made with judgment and care, under circumstances then prevailing, which persons of prudence, discretion and intelligence exercise in the management of their own affairs, not for speculation, but for investment, considering the safety of the principal as well as the probable income to be derived.
All participants involved in the investment process shall refrain from personal business activity that could conflict with proper execution of the investment program or which could impair their ability to make impartial investment decisions.
Where, in the opinion of the chief fiscal officer and the Board of Trustees, the diversification of deposits and investments by financial institution, investment instrument and maturity scheduling is to the advantage and vital interests of the Village, diversification will be encouraged.
It is the policy of the Village of Groton for all moneys collected by any officer or employee of the government to be transferred to the chief fiscal officer within three days of deposit or within the time period specified in law, whichever is shorter.
The chief fiscal officer is responsible for establishing and maintaining an internal control structure to provide reasonable, but not absolute, assurance that deposits and investments are safeguarded against loss from unauthorized use or disposition and that transactions are executed in accordance with management's authorization and recorded properly and are managed in compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
[Amended 3-17-2003 by L.L. No. 5-2003]
The banks and trust companies authorized for the deposit of moneys up to the following maximum amounts are:
In accordance with the provisions of General Municipal Law § 10, all deposits of the Village of Groton, including certificates of deposit and special time deposits, in excess of the amount insured under the provisions of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act shall be secured:
By an eligible irrevocable letter of credit issued by a qualified bank other than the bank with the deposits in favor of the government for a term not to exceed 90 days with an aggregate value equal to 140% of the aggregate amount of deposits and the agreed upon interest, if any. A qualified bank is one whose commercial paper and other unsecured short-term debt obligations are rated in one of the three highest rating categories by at least one nationally recognized statistical rating organization or by a bank that is in compliance with applicable federal minimum risk-based capital requirements.
By an eligible surety bond payable to the government for an amount at least equal to 100% of the aggregate amount of deposits and the agreed upon interest, if any, executed by an insurance company authorized to do business in New York State, whose claims-paying ability is rated in the highest rating category by at least two nationally recognized statistical rating organizations.
Eligible securities used for collateralizing deposits shall be held by the depository and/or a third party or trust company subject to security and custodial agreements.
The security agreement shall provide that eligible securities are being pledged to secure local government deposits, together with agreed upon interest, if any, and any costs or expenses arising out of the collection of such deposits upon default. It shall also provide the conditions under which the securities may be sold, presented for payment, substituted or released and the events which will enable the local government to exercise its rights against the pledged securities. In the event that the securities are not registered or inscribed in the name of the local government, such securities shall be delivered in a form suitable for transfer or with an assignment in blank to the Village or its custodial bank.
The custodial agreement shall provide that securities held by the bank or trust company, or agent of and custodian for the local government, will be kept separate and apart from the general assets of the custodial bank or trust company and will not, in any circumstances, be commingled with or become part of the backing for any other deposit or other liabilities. The agreement should also describe that the custodian shall confirm the receipt, substitution or release of the securities. The agreement shall provide for the frequency of revaluation of eligible securities and for the substitution of securities when a change in the rating of a security may cause ineligibility. Such agreement shall include all provisions necessary to provide the local government a perfected interest in the securities.
As authorized by General Municipal Law § 11, the Village of Groton authorizes the chief fiscal officer to invest moneys not required for immediate expenditure for terms not to exceed its projected cash flow needs in the following types of investments:
Special time deposit accounts.
Certificates of deposit.
Obligations of the United States of America.
Obligations guaranteed by agencies of the United States of America where the payment of principal and interest is guaranteed by the United States of America.
Obligations of the State of New York.
Obligations issued pursuant to Local Finance Law § 24.00 or 25.00 (with approval of the State Comptroller) by any municipality, school district or district corporation other than the Village of Groton.
Obligations of public authorities, public housing authorities, urban renewal agencies and industrial development agencies where the general state statutes governing such entities or whose specific enabling legislation authorizes such investments.
Certificates of participation (COP's) issued pursuant to General Municipal Law § 109-b.
Obligations of this local government, but only with any moneys in a reserve fund established pursuant to General Municipal Law § 6-c, 6-d, 6-e, 6-g, 6-h, 6-j, 6-l, 6-m or 6-n.
All investment obligations shall be payable or redeemable at the option of the Village of Groton within such times as the proceeds will be needed to meet expenditures for purposes for which the moneys were provided and, in the case of obligations purchased with the proceeds of bonds or notes, shall be payable or redeemable at the option of the Village of Groton within two years of the date of purchase.
The Village of Groton shall maintain a list of financial institutions and dealers approved for investment purposes and establish appropriate limits to the amount of investments which can be made with each financial institution or dealer. All financial institutions with which the local government conducts business must be creditworthy. Banks shall provide their most recent Consolidated Report of Condition (Call Report) at the request of the Village of Groton. Security dealers not affiliated with a bank shall be required to be classified as reporting dealers affiliated with the New York Federal Reserve Bank as primary dealers. The chief fiscal officer is responsible for evaluating the financial position and maintaining a listing of proposed depositories, trading partners and custodians. Such listing shall be evaluated at least annually.
The chief fiscal officer is authorized to contract for the purchase of investments:
Directly, including through a repurchase agreement, from an authorized trading partner.
By participation in a cooperative investment program with another authorized governmental entity pursuant to Article 5-G of the General Municipal Law where such program meets all the requirements set forth in the Office of the State Comptroller Opinion No. 88-46 and the specific program has been authorized by the governing board.
By utilizing an ongoing investment program with an authorized tracking partner pursuant to a contract authorized by the governing board.
All purchased obligations, unless registered or inscribed in the name of the local government, shall be purchased through, delivered to and held in the custody of a bank or trust company. Such obligations shall be purchased, sold or presented for redemption or payment by such bank or trust company only in accordance with prior written authorization from the officer authorized to make the investment. All such transactions shall be confirmed in writing to the Village of Groton by the bank or trust company. Any obligation held in the custody of a bank or trust company shall be held pursuant to a written custodial agreement as described in General Municipal Law § 10.
The custodial agreement shall provide that securities held by the bank or trust company, as agent of and custodian for the local government, will be kept separate and apart from the general assets of the custodial bank or trust company and will not, in any circumstances, be commingled with or become part of the backing for any other deposit or other liabilities. The agreement shall describe how the custodian shall confirm the receipt and release of the securities. Such agreement shall include all provisions necessary to provide the local government a perfected interest in the securities.
Repurchase agreements are authorized subject to the following restrictions:
All repurchase agreements must be entered into subject to a master repurchase agreement.
Trading partners are limited to banks or trust companies authorized to do business in New York State and primary reporting dealers.
Obligations shall be limited to obligations of the United States of America and obligations guaranteed by agencies of the United States of America.
No substitution of securities will be allowed.
The custodian shall be a party other than the trading partner.
No repurchase agreement shall be entered into without prior approval of the Village Board of Trustees.
Eligible securities shall be as follows:
Obligations issued, or fully insured or guaranteed as to the payment of principal and interest, by the United States of America, an agency thereof or a United States government sponsored corporation.
Obligations partially insured or guaranteed by any agency of the United States of America, at a proportion of the market value of the obligation that represents the amount of the insurance or guaranty.
Obligations issued or fully insured or guaranteed by the State of New York, obligations issued by a municipal corporation, school district or district corporation of such state or obligations of any public benefit corporation which under a specific state statute may be accepted as security for deposit of public moneys.
Obligations issued by states (other than the State of New York) of the United States rated in one of the three highest rating categories by at least one nationally recognized statistical rating organization.
Obligations of counties, cities and other governmental entities of a state, other than the State of New York, having the power to levy taxes that are backed by the full faith and credit of such governmental entity and rated in one of the three highest rating categories by at least one nationally recognized statistical rating organization.
Obligations of domestic corporations rated in one of the two highest rating categories by at least one nationally recognized statistical rating organization.
Any mortgage-related securities, as defined in the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, which may be purchased by banks under the limitations established by bank regulatory agencies.
Commercial paper and bankers' acceptances issued by a bank, other than the bank, rated in the highest short-term category by at least one nationally recognized statistical rating organization and having maturities of not longer than 60 days from the date they are pledged.
Zero coupon obligations of the United States government marketed as treasury strips.