(a) Any authority organized or operating pursuant to Chapter 88 of Title 11 shall, in addition to all other powers now or hereafter granted by law, have the following powers and rights:
(1) To borrow money for temporary use for any of its corporate purposes and, in evidence of such borrowing, to issue from time to time revenue bonds or notes maturing not later than 36 months from the date of issuance. Any such temporary borrowing may be made in anticipation of the sale and issuance of long-term revenue bonds, and in such event, the principal proceeds from the sale of such long-term revenue bonds shall, to the extent necessary, be used for payment of the principal of and the interest on the temporary revenue bonds or notes issued in anticipation of the sale and issuance of such long-term revenue bonds. Any such temporary borrowing may also be made with respect to a project simultaneously with or after the sale and issuance of long-term revenue bonds issued with respect to such project if, under the terms of the proceedings under which such long-term revenue bonds are issued, the proceeds therefrom or any part thereof may not be used or released until completion of the project with respect to which issued or other similar contingency. In such case, the principal proceeds from the long-term revenue bonds shall, when released and to the extent necessary, be applied for payment of the temporary bonds or notes. Any temporary bonds or notes issued pursuant to this paragraph may be refunded or renewed or extended for an additional period of not more than 36 months from the date of maturity of the temporary bonds or notes being refunded or renewed or extended, but otherwise pursuant to all of the terms and conditions of this paragraph, whether or not the project with respect to which the outstanding temporary revenue bonds or notes were issued has been completed.
(2) To sell, transfer, convey, grant options to purchase, or lease all or any part of its system or systems for such consideration and on such terms as it shall deem advisable and in the best interest of the authority.
(3) To consent and agree to the assignment or payment of any income received from the investment of any moneys of funds of the authority or representing the proceeds of its bonds or notes to any other public corporation or public entity, including, without limitation, the determining county (as defined in Section 11-88-1) or the State of Alabama.
(4) To loan or advance its funds, including the proceeds of its bonds, to any person (as defined in Section 11-88-1) at such, if any, interest as it shall determine, for the purpose of financing the construction of a system or any part thereof.
(5) To contract with others for the construction of all or any part of a system or systems or any part thereof.
(b) The proceeds of any bond issued by an authority and moneys held in any special fund established by an authority in connection with the issuance of any of its bonds may be invested in any direct obligations of the United States of America, the obligations of any agency of the United States of America, interest bearing bank deposits, or in any securities the payment of the principal of and interest on which is fully secured by direct obligations of the United States of America.
(c) An authority shall be under no obligation to render service to the citizens of any municipality which shall not have granted the authority and those claiming under it a franchise for any system of the authority within such municipality without payment of any fee, charge or cost other than the cost of publication of the ordinance granting the franchise.
(d) Any transaction to which an authority or a determining county (as defined in Section 11-88-1) is a party shall be exempt from any tax levied pursuant to Article 4 of Chapter 12 of Title 40 or any tax levied in substitution therefor or in lieu thereof.
(e) Any water system, sewer system or fire protection facility or any part thereof leased or subleased to, or operated or managed by, any determining county (as defined in Section 11-88-1), whether the lease or sublease be by the authority or any private party, including without limitation corporations or partnerships, shall be exempt from all state, county and other taxes, including without limitation ad valorem taxes, regardless of the entity that shall hold the legal title to such system or facility or any part thereof or any remainder or reversionary interest therein.
(f) Any determining county (as defined in Section 11-88-1) may acquire by lease or sublease any property comprising all or any part of a water system, sewer system or fire protection facility from an authority or from any vendee or lessee or sublessee of an authority, or may manage or operate the same, having all rights of an authority with respect thereto.