Net Revenue Pledge

Net Revenue Pledge

A provision in some municipal bonds requiring the issuer to use the revenue the bond raises after expenses to pay for the debt service. For example, if a bond issue raises $10 million, but the project it intends to finance only costs $8 million, a net revenue pledge would require the issuer to use the remaining $2 million to service the debt from the bond. A net revenue pledge exists in order to make the municipal bond less risky for investors; a bond indenture that contains a net revenue pledge is more likely receive a higher credit rating than one that does not have one.
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A first-lien net revenue pledge on the city's sanitary sewer system secures the bonds.