Section 11-99-8

Financing of project costs.

(a) Payment of project costs may be made by any of the following methods or any combination thereof:

(1) Payment from the tax increment fund of the tax increment district if the purpose of the payment is one provided for in Section 11-99-6 hereof;

(2) Payment out of the general funds of the public entity, such payments being used either directly by the public entity to pay such costs or used by a third party recipient of such funds to pay such costs if within a Major 21st Century Manufacturing Zone;

(3) Payment out of the proceeds of the sale of warrants, bonds or notes (whether public improvement bonds or notes, mortgage bonds, notes or certificates, revenue bonds or notes, or otherwise) issued by the public entity, such payments being used either directly by the public entity to pay such costs or used by a third party recipient of such funds to pay such costs if within a Major 21st Century Manufacturing Zone;

(4) Payment out of the proceeds of the sale of tax increment obligations issued by the public entity under this section, such payments being used either directly by the public entity to pay such costs or used by a third party recipient of such funds to pay such costs if within a Major 21st Century Manufacturing Zone; and

(5) Payment as otherwise provided by law.

(b) For the purposes of paying project costs or of refunding obligations issued as otherwise provided by law or under this section, the local governing body may issue tax increment obligations payable out of positive tax increments. Such tax increment obligations shall not be included in the computation of the constitutional debt limitation of the public entity unless they are also secured by a pledge of the full faith and credit of the public entity.

(c) Tax increment obligations may be authorized by resolution of the local governing body without the necessity of a referendum or any approval by the electorate. The resolution shall state the name of the tax increment district, the amount of obligations authorized, and the interest rate or rates to be borne thereby or the method of computing the same. The resolution may prescribe the terms, form, and content of the obligations and such other matters as the local governing body deems useful.

(d) Tax increment obligations may not be issued in an amount exceeding the aggregate project costs of a project. The tax increment obligations shall mature not more than 30 years from the date thereof. The tax increment obligations may (i) contain provisions authorizing the redemption thereof, in whole or in part, at stipulated prices, at the option of the public entity, on any dates named therein and provide the method of selecting the obligations to be redeemed, (ii) be payable at any time or times and at any place, (iii) be payable to bearer or registered as to principal or principal and interest, (iv) be in any denominations, and (v) be sold at public or private sale.

(e) Tax increment obligations shall be payable only out of a stipulated tax increment fund created pursuant to Section 11-99-6 hereof, except as provided in paragraph (f) of this section. The local governing body shall irrevocably pledge all or a part of such tax increment fund to the payment of the tax increment obligations. The tax increment fund may thereafter be used only for the payment of the principal of and interest on the tax increment obligations payable therefrom until they have been fully paid.

(f) To increase the security and marketability of tax increment obligations, the public entity may:

(1) Create a lien for the benefit of the security holders upon any public improvements or public works financed thereby or the revenues therefrom;

(2) Pledge the full faith and credit of the public entity to the payment thereof; and

(3) Make covenants and do any and all acts as may be necessary or convenient or desirable in the judgment of the local governing body in order additionally to secure such obligations or make the obligations more marketable.

(g) For the purpose of paying project costs, the local governing body may also allow payments to be made in full at the time such costs accrue, thus allowing a project to be all or partially funded on a pay-as-you-go basis.

(Acts 1987, No. 87-824, p. 1660, §8; Act 2013-51, p. 80, §3.)