No bonds of the corporation shall be issued until consent of such issuance shall have been given by the Department of Finance of the State of Alabama. Such consent shall be granted only after a public hearing and after a petition requesting such consent has been duly filed by the corporation with the director of said department more than five days prior to such public hearing. Such petition shall specify the plan or program of the corporation and the use to which it proposes to put the proceeds from such bonds, if they are to be sold, and shall specify the plan under which such bonds are to be issued if they are to be issued in exchange for outstanding bonds. Such petition shall furnish such other information as may be necessary fully to advise said department as to the purpose and description of and security for the bonds and as may be required by the rules of said department. Said department shall grant such consent only after it finds that the issuance of the bonds so proposed would serve some public need and would be in the public interest. It shall be unlawful for the corporation to use the proceeds of sale of any of the bonds contrary to the plans and purposes presented to said department in obtaining such consent. The corporation applying for such consent is authorized to pay such fees as shall be lawfully assessed against it by said department in connection with the granting of such petition.