Section 11-50A-9

Issuance of bonds; prerequisites; procedure; provisions; execution; bond resolution covenants.

(a) The authority shall, prior to the adoption by the board of a resolution authorizing the issuance of any bonds, enter into one or more contracts with two or more municipalities which are authorized to contract with the authority pursuant to Section 11-50A-17. Any resolution of the board authorizing the issuance of bonds may authorize those bonds to be issued in more than one series, and the issuance of each series of bonds so authorized by that resolution need not be preceded by the entering into by the authority of additional contracts pursuant to Section 11-50A-17.

(b) The board may by resolution or resolutions authorize the issuance of bonds. Unless otherwise provided therein, the resolution or resolutions shall take effect immediately and need not be published or posted. The board may authorize such types of bonds as it may determine, subject only to any agreement with the holders of particular bonds, including bonds as to which the principal and interest are payable exclusively from all or a portion of the revenues from one or more projects, or from revenues generally or from any source whatever. Bonds may also be issued for the purpose of paying any outstanding bonds, bond anticipation notes or notes at or prior to maturity or upon acceleration or redemption; such bonds shall be issued in an aggregate principal amount not exceeding the sum of (i) the outstanding principal amount of the outstanding bonds, bond anticipation notes, notes or other obligations to be refunded, (ii) the interest accrued and unpaid thereon plus the interest to mature thereon until their date of payment, (iii) the amount of any redemption premium required, by their terms, to be paid as a condition to their redemption prior to their respective maturities, and (iv) the amount of any actual or estimated expenses of the refunding, including without limitation deposits to reserves for debt service or other capital or current expenses from the proceeds of such bonds as may be required by the resolution authorizing such bonds. The authority may provide for any arrangements for the payment and security of the bonds being issued or for the payment and security of the bonds, bond anticipation notes or notes to be redeemed, refunded, or refinanced.

(c) Bonds may be issued under this chapter in one or more series, may bear such date or dates, may mature at such time or times, not exceeding 50 years from their respective dates, may bear interest at such rate or rates, payable at such time or times, may be payable in such medium of payment at such place or places, may be in such denomination or denominations, may be in such form, either coupon or fully registered without coupons, may be issued in any specific amounts, may carry such registration, conversion, and ex-changeability privileges, may be declared or become due before the maturity date thereof, may provide such call or redemption privileges, may have such rank or priority, and may contain any other terms, covenants, assignments, and conditions as the bond resolution authorizing the issuance of the bonds, or any trust agreement or indenture pertaining thereto may provide. The authority may sell, at public or private sale, bonds in such manner, at such price or prices, and upon such terms and conditions as shall be determined by the authority. Any bonds, bond anticipation notes or notes issued by the authority shall be exempt from all laws of the state governing usury or prescribing or limiting interest rates, including, without limitation, the provisions of Title 8, Chapter 8, or any subsequent statute of similar import.

(d) The bonds of the authority shall be signed by its chairman and attested by its secretary-treasurer, and the seal of the authority shall be affixed thereto, and any interest coupons applicable to the bonds shall be signed by the chairman; provided, that a facsimile of the signature of one, but not both, of these officers may be printed or otherwise reproduced on any bonds in lieu of his manually signing the same, a facsimile of the seal of the authority may be printed or otherwise reproduced on any bonds in lieu of being manually affixed thereto and a facsimile of the chairman's signature may be printed or otherwise reproduced on any interest coupons in lieu of his manually signing the same. In the alternative, the signatures of the officers of the authority and the seal of the authority upon any bond, bond anticipation note or note, may all be by facsimile if the instrument is authenticated or countersigned by a trustee other than the authority itself or an officer or employee of the authority. All bonds, bond anticipation notes or notes issued under authority of this chapter bearing signatures or facsimiles of the signatures of officers of the authority in office on the date of the signing thereof shall be valid and binding notwithstanding that before the delivery thereof, and payment therefor, such officers whose signatures appear thereon shall have ceased to be officers of the authority. Pending the preparation of definitive bonds, interim receipts, in such form and with such provisions as the authority may determine, may be issued to the purchaser of bonds to be issued under this chapter.

(e) Any bond resolution authorizing the issuance of bonds and any trust agreement or indenture entered into under this chapter to finance in whole or in part the acquisition, construction, reconstruction, improvement, equipment, alteration, repair, or extension of any project, may contain covenants as to:

(1) The rates, fees, tolls, or other charges to be charged for the output, capacity, use or service of the project and other resources of the authority sufficient to meet operating and maintenance expenses, renewals and replacements to such project, debt service on bonds, creation and maintenance of reserves required by the bond resolution, trust agreement or indenture pursuant to which the issuance of bonds may be authorized and to provide for any margins or coverages over and above debt service on the bonds deemed desirable for the marketability of the bonds;

(2) The use and disposition of the revenues to be derived from the project;

(3) The creation and maintenance of sinking funds or reserves and the regulation, use and disposition thereof, including debt service reserve, renewal and replacement reserve, reserves for the provision of fuel, working capital reserves, and any other reserves which may be reasonably required by the authority for the ownership, lease, operation, or disposition of its projects and which may be authorized by the bond resolution, trust agreement or indenture pursuant to which the issuance of the bonds may be authorized;

(4) The purpose or purposes to which the proceeds of the sale of the bonds may be applied, and the use and disposition of the proceeds;

(5) Events of default and the rights and liabilities arising thereupon, the terms and conditions upon which bonds shall become or may be declared due before maturity, and the terms and conditions upon which that declaration and its consequences may be waived;

(6) The issuance of other additional bonds or the issuance of bond anticipation notes or notes evidencing obligations of the authority payable from or a charge against the revenues of the project;

(7) The insurance to be carried on the project, and the use and disposition of insurance proceeds;

(8) Books of account and the inspection and audit of those books;

(9) Limitations or restrictions as to leasing or otherwise disposing of the project while any of the bonds or interest thereon remain outstanding and unpaid; and

(10) The operation and maintenance of the project and of the authority.

(Acts 1981, No. 81-681, p. 1114, §9.)