Kelly Salt works with public agencies on bond and municipal finance matters, rate setting and compliance with propositions 218 and 26, and drought management and water conservation programs. She is a partner in Best Best & Krieger LLP’s Public Finance practice group and is based in the firm’s San Diego office.
Since joining BB&K, Kelly has worked as bond, disclosure and issuer’s counsel with numerous cities and public agencies on financing major public facilities through the issuance of certificates of participation, revenue, lease revenue, general obligation, assessment district and community facilities district bonds.
In addition, Kelly has assisted cities and special districts with:
Review of utility rate and fee studies and assessment engineering reports
Preparation of notices of public hearings for the adoption of fees, charges and assessments
Formation of assessment districts
Establishment of new and increases to existing taxes, assessments, fees and charges
Her water conservation work includes preparing drought management and water conservation programs, preparing water-efficient landscape ordinances and developing water demand offset fees to mitigate the impacts of new development on water supplies.
Prior to joining BB&K, Kelly worked for the San Diego City Attorney’s Office for more than 16 years and served as the primary attorney on bond finance matters for the City’s public works projects. These projects are as varied as the $1 billion expansion and reconstruction of the City’s water and wastewater infrastructure programs and the $169.6 million lease revenue financing for the construction of Petco Park. She was also the chief deputy city attorney of the City Attorney Office’s Public Works Section and supervised other attorneys on, among other issues, public works contracting and water, wastewater, stormwater, and solid waste regulatory compliance matters.
Prior to joining the City Attorney’s Office, Kelly worked for the University of San Diego School of Law as an instructor and also served as the assistant dean for student affairs.
Kelly has been a featured speaker on public finance, propositions 218 and 26, and water conservation matters at conferences throughout California. San Diego Magazine has repeatedly named her a Top Lawyer for public finance. Kelly is admitted to practice law in the State of California.
University of San Diego School of Law, J.D.
University of California at Santa Barbara, B.A., cum laude