Except as otherwise provided in this section, the validity of any bonds may be determined in the manner provided in Sections 11-81-220 through 11-81-227, provided that, as used in those sections: the term "unit" shall mean the authority; the term "organizing subdivision" shall mean the state; the term "obligations" shall include, in addition to the evidences of indebtedness listed in Section 11-81-220(3), all contracts described in Section 11-50A-11; and the term "district attorney" shall mean the attorney general of the state; and provided further, that the authority shall not be required to specify in its complaint when, where, and in what amounts principal and interest on the bonds are to be paid; and provided further, that in its complaint the authority may, when stating the amount of obligations to be issued, state the principal amount of bonds to be issued, whether the bonds are to be issued in separate series or installments from time to time, and, in stating the maximum rate of interest such bonds are to bear, state a maximum per annum rate of interest or in the event the bonds or any series or installment thereof are to bear different rates of interest for different maturity dates that none of such rates will exceed the maximum rate specified in its complaint; and provided further, that nothing contained herein shall be construed as prohibiting or restricting the right of the authority to sell its bonds at a discount, even if in so doing the effective interest cost resulting therefrom would exceed the maximum per annum interest rate specified in the authority's complaint. Publication of a notice to the taxpayers and citizens of the state shall be made in the manner and at the times specified in Section 11-81-222(d), except that publication shall be made in a newspaper customarily published not less often than five days during each calendar week in the Cities of Birmingham, Mobile, Montgomery and Huntsville. A statement of certification shall be made as provided in Section 11-81-225, and, together with a facsimile of the signature of the register of the circuit court in lieu of his manually signing the same, shall be stamped, printed or otherwise reproduced on the bonds. The register or clerk of the circuit court shall receive no fee or other compensation in connection with the preparation of the certification described in this section. Prior to the initial issuance and sale by the authority of obligations provided for in this chapter (whether in the form of bonds, bond anticipation notes or notes), the validity of those obligations (along with the validity of the payments in lieu of taxes required by Section 11-50A-7) shall be determined in a validation proceeding as provided in this section. Following the initial issuance and sale of obligations of the authority the validity of which shall have been determined as provided in the preceding sentence, the validation of any bonds, bond anticipation notes or notes subsequently issued and sold by the authority shall not be required.