Section 11-15-8

Leasing of projects to counties.

The corporation and the county are hereby respectively authorized to enter into with each other one or more lease agreements whereunder a project shall be leased by the corporation to the county for a term not longer than the then current fiscal year of the county, but any such lease agreement may contain a grant to the county of successive options of renewing the said lease agreement on the terms specified therein for any subsequent fiscal year or years of the county. The said lease agreement may contain appropriate provisions as to the method by which the county may, at its election, exercise such of the said options of renewal as its county commission may elect on the terms provided therein and such other covenants and provisions as shall not be inconsistent with this chapter and as the corporation and the county may agree. The rental for each fiscal year during which said lease agreement shall be in effect shall be due in advance on the first day of the fiscal year, and the said rental for said fiscal year shall be payable and any such covenant on the part of the county shall be performed solely out of the current revenues of the county for such fiscal year. The state shall not in any manner be liable for the performance of any obligation or agreement contained in said lease agreement. The rental payable and the covenants to be performed by the county under the provisions of said lease agreement shall never create a debt of the county within the meaning of Section 224 of the Constitution of the state.

It is hereby declared that it is an essential governmental function of the county to secure and supply reasonable and adequate building and office facilities for its courts, jails, officers, departments and agencies engaged in the performance of governmental duties and the rentals payable by the county for such purpose are necessary governmental operating expenses of the county.

If there is any default in the payment of any rental required to be paid or in the performance of any covenant required to be performed by the county under the provisions of any such lease agreement while such lease agreement shall be in effect, the corporation and any pledgee of said lease agreement may, by any appropriate civil action instituted within the time permitted by law, enforce and compel payment of such rental and performance of such covenant. Should any office or storage space in the project become vacant after acquisition or construction thereof, then neither the county nor any officer, department or agency of the county shall thereafter enter into any lease or rental agreement for additional office or storage space or renew any existing lease or rental agreement for office or storage space in or about the municipality in which the project is located until after all such vacant space in the project shall have been filled.

(Acts 1951, No. 682, p. 1172, §8; Acts 1953, No. 181, p. 233, §1.)