How Huron Valley Schools Revenues as a Percent of Debt Payments Compares to its Geographic Peers

Of the 7 Districts within the Greater Detroit Area Region, Huron Valley Schools, with an Revenues as a Percent of Debt Payments of 720.2%, places 6 for fiscal year 2016. The Huron Valley Schools 720.2% expenditure percentage is 214.1 more than the region average of 506.1%.


Why it Matters: The debt service coverage ratio asks the question how susceptible is a district to not having the ability to pay off their debt. Debt service is the amount of principal and interest that a district must pay each year on long-term debt, plus the interest it must pay on direct short-term debt. As debt service increases, it adds to a district's obligations and reduces its expenditure flexibility. This metric is calculated by dividing the reported debt service by the district's revenue for the General, Special Revenue and Debt Service Funds. Care must be used in evaluating this indicator. A high debt service ratio may indicate a district that has taken on too much debt but it may also indicate that the district has taken an aggressive approach to debt repayment and is paying down their debt quickly. Similarly, a low debt service ratio could indicate a district is strong financially and can finance most capital projects through their operating budget. It may also indicate that a district is financially weaker and has deferred capital projects and allowed important infrastructure to deteriorate. (n085) (o151)

Data Source: The school district financial data comes from two sources. Historic data is provided by downloads from the Michigan Department of Education, Center for Educational Performance and Information (CEPI) Financial Information Database (FID). Future data is loaded by the respective school district financial department. (n040)

Data Table

District NameISDTotal
Debt Service
Debt Service as a Percent
of Revenues & Debt Service Funds
Brighton Area SchoolsLivingston ESA$91,982,153$19,138,237480.6%4
Hartland Consolidated SchoolsLivingston ESA$159,626,834$105,178,532151.8%7
Holly Area School DistrictOakland Schools$52,627,750$13,606,612386.8%5
Huron Valley SchoolsOakland Schools$120,530,799$16,736,092720.2%2
South Lyon Community SchoolsOakland Schools$238,597,123$94,399,532252.8%6
Walled Lake Consolidated SchoolsOakland Schools$197,649,391$29,936,746660.2%3
Waterford School DistrictOakland Schools$145,944,724$16,391,641890.4%1

*showing the rank number within the 7 districts in the Greater Detroit Area Region