Chapter 353: LAKE FACILITIES AUTHORITIES

353.01 Definitions.

For purposes of this chapter:

(A) "Lake facilities authority" means a body corporate and politic created pursuant to section 353.02 of the Revised Code.

(B) "Watershed" means a watershed as determined by the United States geological survey.

(C) "Impacted watershed" means a watershed meeting both of the following conditions:

(1) The watershed contains a natural or man-made lake of at least one-half square mile that has experienced levels of microcystin toxins in excess of eighty parts-per-billion, as measured by the Ohio environmental protection agency, during the twenty-four month period immediately preceding the date the last resolution necessary for the creation of a lake facilities authority under section 353.02 of the Revised Code was adopted.

(2) The watershed is partially or completely located within a state park, as defined in section 154.01 of the Revised Code, that has averaged at least four hundred thousand visitors per year for the four calendar years preceding the calendar year in which the last resolution necessary for the creation of a lake facilities authority under section 353.02 of the Revised Code was adopted.

(D) "Impacted lake district" means the territory of all townships and municipal corporations having territory in an impacted watershed.

(E) "Cost" as applied to a lake facilities authority facility means the cost of acquisition or construction of the facility; the cost of acquisition of all land, rights-of-way, property rights, easements, franchise rights, and interests required for such acquisition; the cost of demolishing or removing any buildings or structures on land so acquired, including the cost of acquiring any lands to which such buildings or structures may be moved; the cost of acquiring or constructing and equipping a principal office of the lake facilities authority; the cost of diverting highways, interchange of highways, and access roads to private property, including the cost of land or easements for the access roads, the cost of public utility and common carrier relocation or duplication, the cost of all machinery, furnishings, and equipment, financing charges, interest prior to and during any construction and for no more than eighteen months after completion of any construction; engineering; expenses of research and development with respect to an impacted lake district; legal expenses; expenses of developing or obtaining plans, specifications, engineering surveys, studies, and estimates of cost and revenues; expenses necessary or incident to determining the feasibility or practicability of acquiring or constructing the facility or remediating the impacted lake district; administrative expense; and such other expenses as may be necessary or incident to the acquisition or construction of the facility, the remediation of the impacted lake district and other activities authorized by this chapter, the financing of such acquisition, construction or remediation, including the amount authorized in the resolution of the lake facilities authority providing for the issuance of lake facilities authority revenue bonds to be paid into any special funds from the proceeds of such bonds and the financing of the placing of the facility in operation, the cost of issuing the bonds, and the financing of remediation and other purposes authorized by this chapter.

(F) "Revenues" means all rentals and other charges received by the lake facilities authority with respect to an impacted watershed; any gift or grant received with respect to any impacted watershed; money received in repayment of, and for interest on, any loans made by the authority to a person or governmental agency, whether from the United States or any department, administration, or agency thereof, or otherwise; proceeds of lake facilities authority revenue bonds to the extent the use thereof for payment of principal or of premium, if any, or interest on the bonds is authorized by the authority; proceeds from any insurance, appropriation, or guaranty pertaining to an impacted watershed or property mortgaged to secure bonds or pertaining to the financing of any activities authorized under this chapter; income and profit from the investment of the proceeds of lake facilities authority revenue bonds or of any revenues; and contributions of service payments in lieu of taxes generated pursuant to section 5709.40, 5709.41, 5709.73, or 5709.78 of the Revised Code, and all other nontax revenues paid or payable to the lake facilities authority.

(G) "Lake facilities revenue bonds," unless the context indicates a different meaning or intent, includes revenue notes, revenue renewal notes, and revenue refunding bonds.

(H) "Authorized purpose" means activities that remediate, rehabilitate, enhance, foster, aid, improve, provide, or promote an impacted watershed within the jurisdiction of the lake facilities authority, including, without limitation, research and development efforts related thereto.

(I) "Lake facilities authority facility" or "facility" means real or personal property, or any combination thereof owned, leased, or otherwise controlled or financed by a lake facilities authority and directly related to an authorized purpose.

Added by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2013.

353.02 Creation of lake facilities authority.

A lake facilities authority may be created by the board of county commissioners of a county that contains all of the territory of an impacted watershed. If the territory of an impacted watershed is contained within more than one county, a joint facilities lake authority may be created by resolution of the board of commissioners of each county in which the impacted watershed is located. A resolution creating a lake facilities authority must include a finding that the watershed sought to be improved or remediated pursuant to this chapter is an impacted watershed.

A lake facilities authority created pursuant to this section is a body corporate and politic which may sue and be sued, plead and be impleaded, and has the powers and jurisdiction enumerated in this chapter. The exercise by an authority of the powers conferred upon it shall be deemed to be essential governmental functions of this state.

Within sixty days after the creation of a lake facilities authority, the county engineer of each county with territory in the impacted watershed shall prepare a survey denoting the boundaries of the impacted watershed in the county. The survey shall include references to the county auditor's permanent parcel number designations as those parcel number designations correspond to the boundaries of the impacted watershed. If requested by the county engineer of each county with territory in the impacted watershed, the cost of such surveys shall be paid from the funds of the lake facilities authority pursuant to an agreement between the lake facilities authority and the county engineer of each county. Such funds may be advanced by the board of county commissioners of any county with territory in the impacted watershed.

The county auditor of the county with the greatest amount of territory in the impacted watershed shall be the fiscal officer for the lake facilities authority. The county prosecutor of the county with the greatest amount of territory in the impacted watershed shall be the legal advisor of the lake facilities authority and shall prosecute and defend all suits and actions that the lake facilities authority directs or to which it is a party.

Upon the creation of a lake facilities authority, no authority that is granted by law any powers or duties that are substantially the same as the powers and duties of a lake facilities authority may be created if its territorial jurisdiction includes any territory within the impacted lake district.

Added by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2013.

353.03 Powers of authority.

A lake facilities authority may do all of the following:

(A) Acquire by purchase, lease, gift, or otherwise, on such terms and in such manner as it considers proper, real and personal property necessary for an authorized purpose or any estate, interest, or right therein, within or without the impacted lake district;

(B) Improve, remediate, maintain, sell, lease, or otherwise dispose of real and personal property on such terms and in such manner as it considers proper;

(C) Request that the department of natural resources, the environmental protection agency, or the department of agriculture adopt, modify, and enforce reasonable rules and regulations governing impacted watersheds;

(D) Employ such managers, administrative officers, agents, engineers, architects, attorneys, contractors, subcontractors, and employees as may be appropriate in the exercise of the rights, powers, and duties conferred on it, prescribe the duties and compensation for such persons, require bonds to be given by any such persons and by officers of the authority for the faithful performance of their duties, and fix the amount and surety therefor, and pay the surety;

(E) Sue and be sued in its corporate name;

(F)

(1) Make and enter into all contracts and agreements and execute all instruments relating to the provisions of this chapter;

(2) Except as provided otherwise under divisions (F)(2) and (3) of this section, when the cost of a contract for the construction of any building, structure, or other improvement undertaken by a lake facilities authority involves an expenditure exceeding twenty-five thousand dollars, and the lake facilities authority is the contracting authority, the lake facilities authority shall make a written contract after notice calling for bids for the award of the contract has been given by publication twice, with at least seven days between publications, in a newspaper of general circulation in the impacted lake district. Each such contract shall be awarded to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder in accordance with section 9.312 of the Revised Code. The board of directors by rule may provide criteria for the negotiation and award without competitive bidding of any contract as to which the lake facilities authority is the contracting authority for the construction of any building or structure or other improvement under any of the following circumstances:

(a) There exists a real and present emergency that threatens damage to property or injury to persons of the lake facilities authority or other persons, provided that a statement specifying the nature of the emergency that is the basis for the negotiation and award of a contract without competitive bidding shall be signed at the time of the contract's execution by the officer of the lake facilities authority that executes the contract and shall be attached to the contract.

(b) A commonly recognized industry or other standard or specification does not exist and cannot objectively be articulated for the improvement.

(c) The contract is for any energy conservation measure as defined in section307.041 of the Revised Code.

(d) With respect to material to be incorporated into the improvement, only a single source or supplier exists for the material.

(e) A single bid is received by the lake facilities authority after complying with the above provisions.

(3) In addition to the exceptions to competitive bidding requirements under division (F)(2) of this section, a lake facilities authority may contract for the acquisition or construction of any property for an authorized purpose and for the leasing, subleasing, sale, or other disposition of the property in a manner determined by the lake facilities authority in its sole discretion, without necessity for competitive bidding or performance bonds.

(4) With respect to any public improvement undertaken by, or under contract for, the lake facilities authority, the authority may elect to apply sections 4115.03 to 4115.21 of the Revised Code.

(G) Accept aid or contributions from any source of money, property, labor, or other things of value, to be held, used, and applied only for the purposes for which the grants and contributions are made;

(H) Apply for and accept grants, loans, or commitments of guarantee or insurance, including any guarantees of lake facilities authority bonds and notes, from the United States, the state, or other public body or other sources, and provide any consideration which may be required in order to obtain such grants, loans, or contracts of guarantee or insurance;

(I) Procure insurance against loss to the lake facilities authority by reason of damage to its properties resulting from fire, theft, accident, or other casualties, or by reason of its liability for any damages to persons or property occurring in the construction or operation of facilities or areas under its jurisdiction or the conduct of its activities;

(J) Maintain such funds or reserves as it considers necessary for the efficient performance of its duties;

(K) Enforce any covenants, of which the lake facilities authority is the beneficiary, running with the land.

(L) Issue securities for the remediation of an impacted watershed and directly related permanent improvements in compliance with Chapter 133. of the Revised Code, except that such bonds or notes may be issued only pursuant to a vote of the electors residing within the impacted lake district. The net indebtedness incurred by a lake facilities authority pursuant to this division may not exceed one-tenth of one per cent of the total value of all property within the territory comprising the impacted lake district as listed and assessed for taxation.

(M) Issue lake facilities authority revenue bonds beyond the limit of bonded indebtedness provided by law, payable solely from revenues as provided in section 353.09 of the Revised Code for the purpose of providing funds to pay costs of any facility or facilities or parts thereof;

(N) Advise and provide input to political subdivisions within the impacted lake district with respect to zoning and land use planning within the impacted lake district;

(O) Enter into agreements for the management, ownership, possession, or control of lands or property to be used for wetland mitigation banking;

(P) Adopt and modify rules and regulations to carry out the authority granted to the lake facilities authority under this section.

Added by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2013.

353.04 Board of directors.

(A) Upon the creation of a lake facilities authority under section 353.02 of the Revised Code, a board of directors consisting of the county commissioners of each county with territory in the impacted lake district shall be created. Membership on the board is not a direct or indirect interest in a contract or expenditure of money by the county. Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, no member of the board shall be disqualified from holding any public office or employment by reason of membership on the board. The board is a public body for the purposes of section 121.22 of the Revised Code and a public office for the purposes of section 149.43 of the Revised Code. Notwithstanding those sections, the board may hold closed meetings and protect the confidentiality of information under the same circumstances as authorized for a community improvement corporation under section 1724.11 of the Revised Code. Chapter 2744. of the Revised Code applies to the board. Each year, the board shall prepare an annual report of its activities and make it available to the public.

(B) A board of directors shall consult with the advisory council created under this division in performing the remediation and other activities authorized by this chapter.

Not later than sixty days after the creation of the board of directors, the board shall provide written notice of its creation to the legislative authority of each political subdivision with territory in the impacted lake district. The notice shall describe the process for the appointment of an advisory council. Upon receipt of such notice, the legislative authority of each political subdivision with territory in the impacted lake district shall appoint one representative each to serve on the advisory council. The representative need not be an elected or appointed official of the political subdivision.

Added by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2013.

353.05 Power to propose tax levy.

The board of directors of a lake facilities authority, by resolution, may propose the levy of a tax upon the taxable property in the impacted lake district pursuant to section 5705.55 of the Revised Code.

Added by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2013.

353.06 Tax on lodging.

As used in this section, "hotel" and "transient guests" have the same meanings as in section 5739.01 of the Revised Code.

A resolution creating a lake facilities authority under section 353.02 of the Revised Code, or any amendments or supplements thereto, may authorize the authority to levy an excise tax on transactions by which lodging in a hotel is or is to be furnished to transient guests to pay any costs authorized under this chapter; to pay principal, interest, and premium on lake facilities authority tax anticipation bonds issued to pay those costs; to pay the operating costs of the authority; and to pay the costs of administering the tax.

Upon the affirmative vote of at least a majority of the qualified electors in a primary or general election within the impacted lake district voting at an election held for the purpose of authorizing the tax, the board of directors of a lake facilities authority authorized to levy a tax under this section may, by resolution, levy an additional excise tax within the territory of the impacted lake district on all transactions by which lodging in a hotel is or is to be furnished to transient guests. The rate of the tax, when added to the aggregate rate of excise taxes levied in the impacted lake district pursuant to section 351.021, 5739.08, or 5739.09 of the Revised Code, shall not cause the total aggregate rate to exceed five per cent on any such transaction.

The lake facilities authority shall provide for the administration and allocation of a tax levied pursuant to this section. All receipts arising from the tax shall be expended for the purposes provided in, and in accordance with, this section. An excise tax levied under this section shall remain in effect at the rate at which it is levied for at least the duration of the period for which the receipts from the tax have been anticipated and pledged pursuant to section 353.08 of the Revised Code.

The form of the ballot in an election held on the question of levying a tax proposed pursuant to this section shall be as follows or in any other form acceptable to the secretary of state:

"An excise tax on all transactions by which lodging in a hotel is or is to be furnished to transient guests within the territory of the (name of impacted lake district) ........... for the purpose of .......... at a rate of ......... for ............ (number of years the tax is to be levied).

For the Excise Tax

Against the Excise Tax"

Added by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2013.

353.07 Transfer of property for benefit of wetlands, wildlife, or sporting activities.

The director of natural resources may transfer real property owned by the state to a lake facilities authority for the purpose of promoting wetland banking, wildlife, or sporting activities. The division of wildlife within the department of natural resources may enter into an agreement with a lake facilities authority to establish wetland or natural areas to benefit wildlife or sporting activities. The agreement may be entered as part of, or in conjunction with, a mitigation banking program.

Added by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2013.

353.08 Lake facilities authority anticipation bonds.

A lake facilities authority that levies a tax authorized by sections 353.05 and 5705.55 or section 353.06 of the Revised Code may, by resolution, anticipate the proceeds of the tax and issue lake facilities authority anticipation bonds, and notes anticipating the proceeds or the bonds, in the principal amount that, in the opinion of the authority, are necessary for the purpose of paying the cost of an authorized purpose, and that the authority is able to pay over the term of the issue with the interest on the bonds or notes, or in the case of notes anticipating bonds over the term of the bonds, by the estimated amount of the taxes anticipated. The taxes are determined by the general assembly to satisfy any applicable requirement of Section 11 of Article XII, Ohio Constitution.

Every issue of outstanding anticipation bonds shall be payable out of the proceeds of the taxes anticipated and other revenues of the authority that are pledged for such payment. The pledge shall be valid and binding from the time the pledge is made, and the anticipated excise taxes and revenues so pledged and thereafter received by the authority immediately shall be subject to the lien of that pledge without any physical delivery of those taxes and revenues or further act. The lien of any pledge is valid and binding as against all parties having claims of any kind in tort, contract, or otherwise against the authority, whether or not such parties have notice of the lien. Neither the resolution nor any trust agreement by which a pledge is created need be filed or recorded except in the authority's records.

The anticipation bonds shall bear such date or dates, and shall mature at such time or times, in the case of any such notes or any renewals of such notes not exceeding twenty years from the date of issue of such original notes and in the case of any such bonds or any refunding bonds not exceeding forty years from the date of the original issue of notes or bonds for the purpose, and shall be executed in the manner that the resolution authorizing the bonds may provide. The anticipation bonds shall bear interest at such rates, or at a variable rate or rates changing from time to time, in accordance with provisions provided in the authorizing resolution, be in such denominations and form, either coupon or registered, carry such registration privileges, be payable in such medium of payment and at such place or places, and be subject to such terms of redemption, as the authority may authorize or provide.

Added by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2013.

353.09 Lake facilities authority revenue bonds.

A lake facilities authority at any time may issue lake facilities authority revenue bonds in such principal amounts as, in the opinion of the lake facilities authority, are necessary for the purpose of paying the cost of one or more lake facilities authority facilities or parts thereof. A lake facilities authority at any time may issue renewal notes, issue bonds to retire its notes and, whenever it considers refunding expedient, refund any bonds by the issuance of lake facilities authority revenue refunding bonds, whether the bonds to be refunded have or have not matured, and issue lake facilities authority revenue bonds partly to refund outstanding bonds and partly for any other authorized purpose. The lake facilities authority revenue refunding bonds shall be sold and the proceeds applied to the purchase, redemption, or payment of the bonds to be refunded. Lake facilities authority revenue bonds shall be special obligations of the lake facilities authority payable out of the revenues of the lake facilities authority that are pledged for such payment. The pledge shall be valid and binding from the time the pledge is made and the revenues so pledged and thereafter received by the lake facilities authority immediately shall be subject to the lien of the pledge without any physical delivery thereof or further act, and the lien of the pledge is valid and binding as against all parties having claims of any kind in tort, contract, or otherwise against the lake facilities authority, irrespective of whether those parties have notice thereof. Neither the resolution nor any trust agreement by which a pledge is created need be filed or recorded except in the records of the lake facilities authority.

Whether or not the lake facilities authority revenue bonds are of such form and character as to be negotiable instruments, the lake facilities authority revenue bonds shall have all the qualities and incidents of negotiable instruments, subject only to the provisions of the bonds for registration.

The lake facilities authority revenue bonds shall be authorized by resolution of the lake facilities authority, and shall bear interest at such rate or rates, shall bear such date or dates, and shall mature at such time or times, and in such number of installments as may be provided in or pursuant to that resolution. The final maturity of any lake facilities authority revenue bond in the form of a note and any renewals thereof shall not exceed five years from the date of issue of the original note. The final maturity of any issue of lake facilities authority revenue bonds shall not be later than forty-five years from the date of issue of the original issue of bonds. Any such bonds or notes shall be executed in a manner as the resolution or resolutions may provide. The lake facilities authority revenue bonds shall be in such denominations, be in such form, either coupon or registered, 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 may be provided in or pursuant to the resolution authorizing their issuance. Lake facilities authority revenue bonds of the lake facilities authority may be sold by the lake facilities authority, at public or private sale, at or at not less than a price or prices as the lake facilities authority determines. In case any officer whose signature or a facsimile of whose signature appears on any bonds, notes, or coupons, ceases to be such officer before delivery of bonds or notes, the signature or facsimile shall nevertheless be sufficient for all purposes the same as if the officer had remained in office until such delivery, and in case the seal of the lake facilities authority has been changed after a facsimile has been imprinted on such bonds or notes, the facsimile seal will continue to be sufficient for all purposes.

Any resolution or resolutions authorizing any lake facilities authority revenue bonds or any issue of bonds may contain provisions, subject to any agreements with bondholders as may then exist, which provisions shall be a part of the contract with the holders of bonds, as to the pledging of all or any part of the revenues of the lake facilities authority to secure the payment of the lake facilities authority bonds or of any issue of the bonds; the use and disposition of revenues of the lake facilities authority; a covenant to fix, alter, and collect rentals and other charges so that pledged revenues will be sufficient to pay costs of operation, maintenance, and repairs, pay principal of and interest on bonds secured by the pledge of such revenues, and provide any reserves that may be required by the applicable resolution or trust agreement; the setting aside of reserve funds, sinking funds, or replacement and improvement funds and the regulation and disposition thereof; the crediting of the proceeds of the sale of bonds to and among the funds referred to or provided for in or pursuant to the resolution authorizing the issuance of the bonds or notes; the use, lease, sale, or other disposition of any lake facilities authority facility or any other assets of the lake facilities authority; limitations on the purpose to which the proceeds of sale of bonds may be applied and the pledging of those proceeds to secure the payment of the bonds or of any issue of the bonds; as to notes issued in anticipation of the issuance of bonds, the agreement of the lake facilities authority to do all things necessary for the authorization, issuance, and sale of the bonds in amounts that may be necessary for the timely retirement of the notes; limitations on the issuance of additional bonds; the terms upon which additional bonds may be issued and secured; the refunding of outstanding bonds; the procedure, if any, by which the terms of any contract with bondholders may be amended or abrogated, the amount of bonds the holders of which must consent thereto, and the manner in which such consent may be given; limitations on the amount of moneys to be expended by the lake facilities authority for operating, administrative, or other expenses of the lake facilities authority; securing any bonds or notes by a trust agreement; and any other matters, of like or different character, that in any way affect the security or protection of the bonds or notes.

Neither the board of directors of the lake facilities authority nor any person executing the bonds shall be liable personally on the bonds or be subject to any personal liability or accountability by reason of the issuance thereof.

The issuance of lake facilities authority revenue bonds under this section need not comply with any other law applicable to the issuance of bonds or notes.

Added by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2013.

353.10 Additional powers with respect to facilities.

(A) With respect to facilities, and their financing, for an authorized purpose, under agreements whereby the person to whom the facility is to be leased, subleased, or sold, or to whom a loan is to be made for the facility, is to make payments sufficient to pay all of the principal of, premium, if any, and interest on the lake facilities authority revenue bonds issued for the facility, the lake facilities authority, in addition to other powers under this chapter, may do any of the following:

(1) Make loans for the acquisition or construction of the facility to such person upon such terms as the lake facilities authority may determine or authorize including secured or unsecured loans, and, in connection therewith, enter into loan agreements and other agreements, accept notes and other forms of obligation to evidence such indebtedness and mortgages, liens, pledges, assignments, or other security interests to secure such indebtedness, which may be prior or subordinate to or on a parity with other indebtedness, obligations, mortgages, pledges, assignments, other security interests, or liens or encumbrances, and take actions it considers appropriate to protect such security and safeguard against losses, including, without limitation, foreclosure and the bidding upon and purchase of property upon foreclosure or other sale;

(2) Sell the facility under such terms as it may determine, including, without limitation, sale by conditional sale or installment sale, under which title may pass prior to or after completion of the facility or payment or provisions for payment of all principal of, premium, if any, and interest on the bonds, or at any other time provided in the agreement pertaining to the sale, and including sale under an option to purchase at a price which may be a nominal amount or less than true value at the time of purchase;

(3) Grant a mortgage, lien, or other encumbrance on, or pledge or assignment of, or other security interest with respect to, all or any part of the facility, revenues, reserve funds, or other funds established in connection with the bonds, or on, of, or with respect to any lease, sublease, sale, conditional sale or installment sale agreement, loan agreement, or other agreement pertaining to the lease, sublease, sale, or other disposition of a facility or pertaining to a loan made for a facility, or any guaranty or insurance agreement made with respect thereto, or any interest of the lake facilities authority therein, or any other interest granted, assigned, or released to secure payments of the principal of, premium, if any, or interest on the bonds or to secure any other payments to be made by the lake facilities authority, which mortgage, lien, encumbrance, pledge, assignment, or other security interest may be prior or subordinate to or on a parity with any other mortgage, assignment, or other security interest, or lien or encumbrance;

(4) Provide that the interest on the bonds may be at a variable rate or rates changing from time to time in accordance with a base or formula as authorized by the lake facilities authority;

(5) Contract for the acquisition or construction of the facility or any part thereof and for the leasing, subleasing, sale, or other disposition of the facility in a manner determined by the lake facilities authority in its sole discretion, without necessity for competitive bidding or performance bonds;

(6) Make appropriate provision for adequate maintenance of the facility.

(B) With respect to the facilities referred to in this section, the authority granted by this section is cumulative and supplementary to all other authority granted in this chapter. The authority granted by this section does not alter or impair any similar authority granted elsewhere in this chapter for or with respect to other facilities.

Added by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2013.

353.11 Security for bons.

In the discretion of the lake facilities authority, any lake facilities authority revenue bonds issued under this chapter may be secured by a trust agreement between the lake facilities authority and a corporate trustee that may be any trust company or bank having the powers of a trust company within or without the state.

The trust agreement may pledge or assign revenues of the lake facilities authority to be received and may convey or mortgage any facility or any part thereof. The trust agreement or any resolution providing for the issuance of such bonds may contain any provisions for protecting and enforcing the rights and remedies of the bondholders as are reasonable and proper and not in violation of law, including covenants setting forth the duties of the lake facilities authority in relation to the acquisition of property, the construction, improvement, maintenance, repair, operation, and insurance of the facility in connection with which the bonds are authorized, the rentals or other charges to be imposed for the use or services of any facility, the custody, safeguarding, and application of all moneys, and provisions for the employment of consulting engineers in connection with the construction or operation of the facility.

Any bank or trust company incorporated under the laws of this state that may act as depository of the proceeds of bonds or of revenues may furnish any indemnifying bonds or may pledge any securities that are required by the lake facilities authority. The trust agreement may set forth the rights and remedies of the bondholders and of the trustee, and may restrict the individual right of action by bondholders as is customary in trust agreements or trust indentures securing similar bonds. The trust agreement may contain any other provisions that the lake facilities authority determines reasonable and proper for the security of the bondholders. All expenses incurred in carrying out the provisions of the trust agreement may be treated as a part of the cost of the operation of the facility.

Added by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2013.

353.12 Enforcement of rights.

Any holder of lake facilities authority revenue bonds issued under sections 353.09 to 353.15 of the Revised Code, or any of the coupons pertaining to those bonds, and the trustee under any trust agreement, except to the extent the rights given by those sections may be restricted by the applicable resolution or that trust agreement, may by suit, action, mandamus, or other proceedings, protect and enforce any rights under the laws of the state or granted under those sections, the trust agreement, or the resolution authorizing the issuance of the bonds, and may enforce and compel the performance of all duties required by those sections, or by the trust agreement or resolution, to be performed by the lake facilities authority or any officer of the lake facilities authority, including the fixing, charging, and collecting of rentals or other charges.

Added by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2013.

353.13 Nature of revenue bonds.

Lake facilities authority revenue bonds issued under sections 353.09 to 353.15 of the Revised Code do not constitute a debt, or a pledge of the faith and credit, of the state or any political subdivision of the state. The holders or owners of the bonds have no right to have taxes levied by the general assembly or taxing authority of any political subdivision of the state for the payment of the principal of or interest on the bonds. The bonds are payable solely from the revenues and funds pledged for their payment as authorized by this chapter, unless the revenue bonds are notes issued in anticipation of the issuance of the bonds, or the revenue bonds are refunded by refunding bonds issued under section 353.09 of the Revised Code, provided that the refunding bonds shall be payable solely from revenues and funds pledged for their payment as authorized by that section. All bonds shall contain on the face thereof a statement to the effect that the bonds, as to both principal and interest, are not debts of the state or any political subdivision of the state, but are payable solely from revenues and funds pledged for their payment.

Added by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2013.

353.14 Authority moneys, funds, property and assets.

All moneys, funds, properties, and assets acquired by the lake facilities authority under this chapter, whether as proceeds from the sale of lake facilities authority revenue bonds or as revenues, or otherwise, shall be held by it in trust for the purposes of carrying out its powers and duties, shall be used and reused as provided in this chapter, and shall at no time be part of other public funds. Such funds, except as otherwise provided in any resolution authorizing its lake facilities authority revenue bonds or in any trust agreement securing those bonds, or except when invested pursuant to section 353.15 of the Revised Code, shall be kept in depositories selected by the lake facilities authority in the manner provided in Chapter 135. of the Revised Code for the selection of eligible public depositories, and the deposits shall be secured as provided in that chapter. The resolution authorizing the issuance of such bonds or the trust agreement securing the bonds shall provide that any officer to whom, or any bank or trust company to which, such money is paid shall act as trustee of the money and hold and apply the money for the purposes for which the bonds are issued, subject to such conditions as Chapter 135. of the Revised Code and such resolutions or trust agreement provide.

Added by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2013.

353.15 Investments.

Except as otherwise provided in any resolution authorizing the issuance of its lake facilities authority revenue bonds or in any trust agreement securing the bonds, moneys in the funds of the lake facilities authority in excess of current needs may be invested as permitted by sections 135.01 to 135.21 of the Revised Code or invested in linked deposit programs established by resolution of the board of directors in accordance with section 135.80 of the Revised Code. Income from all investments of moneys in any fund shall be credited to funds as the lake facilities authority determines, subject to the provisions of any such resolution or trust agreement, and the investments may be sold at any time the lake facilities authority determines.

Added by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2013.

353.16 Bonds as lawful investments.

Bonds of a lake facilities authority and lake facilities authority revenue bonds are lawful investments of banks, societies for savings, trust companies, savings and loan associations, deposit guaranty associations, trustees, fiduciaries, trustees or other officers having charge of the bond retirement funds or sinking funds of port authorities and political subdivisions, and taxing districts of this state, the commissioners of the sinking fund of this state, the administrator of workers' compensation, the state teachers retirement system, the school employees retirement system, the public employees retirement system, the Ohio police and fire pension fund, and insurance companies, including domestic life insurance companies and domestic insurance companies other than life, and are acceptable as security for the deposit of public moneys.

Added by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2013.