(A) The taxing authority of a detention facility district, of a district organized under section 2151.65 of the Revised Code, or of a combined district organized under sections 2152.41 and 2151.65 of the Revised Code that has entered into an agreement under division (C) of section 2151.655 of the Revised Code may issue self-supporting securities to pay the cost of permanent improvements of the district. Costs of permanent improvements that may be financed with, and paid from the proceeds of, self-supporting securities issued under this section include, without limitation as to other costs properly allocable to the permanent improvements, the costs of: acquiring, constructing, reconstructing, rehabilitating, installing, remodeling, renovating, enlarging, equipping, furnishing, or otherwise improving permanent improvements; site clearance, improvement, and preparation; acquisition of real or personal property; indemnity and surety bonds and premiums on insurance; all related direct administrative expenses and allocable portions of direct costs of the taxing authority; engineering, architectural, legal, and other consulting and professional services; designs, plans, specifications, feasibility or rate studies, appraisals, surveys, and estimates of cost; interest or interest equivalent on the securities, whether capitalized or not; financing costs; title work and title commitment, insurance, and guaranties; amounts necessary to establish any debt service reserve or other reserves as required by the proceedings for the securities; audits; the reimbursement of moneys advanced or applied by or borrowed from any person, whether to or by the taxing authority or others, from whatever source provided, for the payment of any item or items of cost of the permanent improvements; and all other expenses necessary or incidental to planning or determining feasibility or practicability with respect to permanent improvements or necessary or incidental to the acquisition, construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, installation, remodeling, renovation, enlargement, equipping, furnishing, or other improvement of the permanent improvements, the financing of the permanent improvements, and the placing of the permanent improvements in condition for use and operation, and all like or related costs, including any one, part, or combination of, or the taxing authority's share of, those costs and expenses.
The total of the principal of and interest on all securities issued by the taxing authority of a district under this section and outstanding at any time shall not exceed such an amount that the debt charges on the outstanding securities due in any fiscal year exceed three per cent of the operating expenses of the district for that year.
(B) Self-supporting securities issued under this section are not general obligations of the district or of the counties composing the district. Self-supporting securities issued under this section shall be secured by a pledge of and a lien on the payments due from counties under the agreement entered into under division (C) of section 2151.655 of the Revised Code or the revenue, if any, of the district derived from ownership or operation of the district's permanent improvements, including rates, charges, or rents. If any such rates, charges, or rents are levied, the securities shall further be secured by covenants of the taxing authority to maintain sufficient rates, charges, or rents to pay debt charges on the securities to the extent those debt charges are not payable from other funds of the district or to the extent other funds of the district are not pledged to the payment of the debt charges. If any securities are issued to fund or refund any self-supporting securities issued under this section, the self-supporting securities shall be secured by a pledge of and lien on the proceeds of such funding or refunding securities.
(C) A joint board of county commissioners issuing self-supporting securities under this section shall do so by resolution, and such resolution shall set forth the terms of the securities, the date of the securities, the amount to be issued, and the maximum rate of interest. The securities shall mature at such times not exceeding the maximum limits specified for general obligations in section 133.20 of the Revised Code, and shall be executed in such manner as the resolution provides. The securities shall be negotiable, bear interest at such rate or rates, be in such denominations, be in such form, carry such registration privileges, be payable in such medium of payment at such place or places, and be subject to such terms of redemption as the taxing authority may authorize. The securities may be sold at public or private sale.
(D) Self-supporting securities issued under this section, their transfer, and any income therefrom, including any profit made on the sale thereof, shall at all times be free from taxation within the state.
Effective Date: 07-20-2006.