Chapter 902: AGRICULTURAL FINANCING

902.01 Agricultural financing definitions.

As used in this chapter:

(A) "Bonds" means bonds, notes, or other forms of evidences of obligation issued in temporary or definitive form, including refunding bonds and notes and bonds and notes issued in anticipation of the issuance of bonds and renewal notes.

(B) "Bond proceedings" means the resolution or ordinance or the trust agreement or indenture of mortgage, or combination thereof, authorizing or providing for the terms and conditions applicable to bonds issued under authority of this chapter.

(C) "Borrower" means the recipient of a loan or the lessee or purchaser of a project under this chapter and is limited to a sole proprietor, or to a partnership, joint venture, firm, association, or corporation, a majority of whose stockholders, partners, members, or associates are persons or the spouses of persons related to each other within the fourth degree of kinship, according to law, provided that the sole proprietor or at least one of such related persons resides or will reside on or is or will actively operate the project or the farm or agricultural enterprise composed, in whole or in part, of the project, and provided further that the sole proprietor or all of the stockholders, members, partners, or associates are natural persons. The agricultural financing commission may establish procedures for the determination of the eligibility of borrowers under this chapter which determinations are conclusive in relation to the validity and enforceability of bonds issued under bond proceedings authorized in connection therewith, and in relation to security interests given and leases, subleases, sale agreements, loan agreements, and other agreements made in connection therewith, all in accordance with their terms.

(D) "Composite financing arrangement" means the sale of a single issue of bonds to finance two or more projects, including, but not limited to, a single issue of bonds for a group of loans submitted by or through a single lending institution or with credit enhancement from a single lending institution, or the sale by or on behalf of one or more issuers of two or more issues or lots of bonds under or pursuant to a single sale agreement, single marketing arrangement, or single official statement, offering circular, or other marketing document.

(E) "Issuer" means the state, or any county or municipal corporation of the state.

(F) "Issuing authority" means in the case of the state, the agricultural financing commission created by section 901.61 of the Revised Code; in the case of a municipal corporation, the legislative authority thereof; and in the case of a county, the board of county commissioners or whatever officers, board, commission, council, or other body might succeed to or assume the legislative powers of the board of county commissioners.

(G) "Lending institution" means any domestic building and loan association as defined in section 1151.01 of the Revised Code, any service corporation the entire stock of which is owned by one or more such building and loan associations, a bank which has its principal place of business located in this state, a bank subsidiary corporation that is wholly owned by a bank having its principal place of business located in this state, any state or federal governmental agency or instrumentality including without limitation the federal land bank, production credit association, or bank for cooperatives, or any of their local associations, or any other financial institution or entity authorized to make mortgage loans and qualified to do business in this state.

(H) "Loan" includes a loan made to or through, or a deposit with, a lending institution or a loan made directly to the owner or operator of a project to finance one or more projects. Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, loans from proceeds of bonds issued under a composite financing arrangement shall be made only to or through, or by a deposit with, a lending institution, including the purchase of loans from lending institutions, or be made in any other manner in which a lending institution has been or is involved in the origination or credit enhancement of the loan.

(I) "Mortgage loan" means a loan secured by a mortgage, deed of trust, or other security interest.

(J) "Pledged facilities" means the project or projects mortgaged or facilities the rentals, revenues, and other income, charges, and moneys from which are pledged, or both, for the payment of the principal of and interest on the bonds issued under authority of section 902.04 of the Revised Code, and includes a project for which a loan has been made under authority of this chapter, in which case, references in this chapter to revenues of such pledged facilities or from the disposition thereof include payments made or to be made to or for the account of the issuer pursuant to such loan.

(K) "Project" means real or personal property, or both, including undivided and other interests therein, acquired by gift or purchase, constructed, reconstructed, enlarged, improved, furnished, or equipped, or any combination thereof, by an issuer, or by others from the proceeds of bonds, located within the boundaries of the issuer, and used or to be used by a borrower for agricultural purposes as provided in division (D) of this section. A project is hereby determined to qualify as facilities for industry, commerce, distribution, or research described in Section 13 of Article VIII, Ohio Constitution.

(L) "Purchase" means, with respect to loans, the purchase of loans from, or other acquisition by an issuer of loans of, lending institutions.

(M) "Revenues" means the rentals, revenues, payments, repayments, income, charges, and moneys derived or to be derived from the use, lease, sublease, rental, sale, including installment sale or conditional sale, or other disposition of pledged facilities, or derived or to be derived pursuant to a loan made for a project, bond proceeds to the extent provided in the bond proceedings for the payment of principal of, or premium, if any, or interest on the bonds, proceeds from any insurance, condemnation, or guaranty pertaining to pledged facilities or the financing thereof, any income and profit from the investment of the proceeds of bonds or of any revenues, any fees and charges received by or on behalf of an issuer for the services of or commitments by the issuer, and moneys received in repayment of and for interest on any loan made or purchased by an issuer, moneys received by an issuer upon the sale of any bonds of the issuer under section 902.04 of the Revised Code, any moneys received from investment of funds of an issuer or from the sale of collateral securing loans made or purchased by the issuer, including collateral acquired by foreclosure or other action to enforce a security interest, and any moneys received in payment of a claim under insurance, guarantees, letters of credit, or otherwise with respect to any loans made or purchased by an issuer or any collateral held by the issuer of any bonds issued under this chapter.

(N) "Security interest" means a mortgage, lien, or other encumbrance on, or pledge or assignment of, or other security interest with respect to all or any part of pledged facilities, revenues, reserve funds, or other funds established under the bond proceedings, or on, of, or with respect to, a lease, sublease, sale, conditional sale, or installment sale agreement, loan agreement, or any other agreement pertaining to the lease, sublease, sale, or other disposition of a project or pertaining to a loan made for a project, or any guaranty or insurance agreement made with respect thereto, or any interest of the issuer therein, or any other interest granted, assigned, purchased, or released to secure payments of the principal of, premium, if any, or interest on any bonds or to secure any other payments to be made by an issuer under the bond proceedings. Any security interest under this chapter may be prior or subordinate to or on a parity with any other mortgage, lien, encumbrance, pledge, assignment, or other security interest.

Cite as R.C. § 902.01

Effective Date: 01-01-1997

902.02 Finding of importance of agriculture.

It is hereby found and determined that agriculture is an essential and indispensable part of the commerce and industry of the state and is of vital importance to the creation and preservation of jobs and employment opportunities and to the improvement of the economic welfare of the people of the state, that agriculture creates, promotes, and is a part of the continuous exchange of goods and services in the state economy, that there exists in this state an inadequate supply of agricultural credit and loan financing at affordable interest rates consistent with the needs of many agricultural borrowers which makes it difficult for persons to undertake to engage in agriculture or for persons engaged in agriculture to continue operations at present levels, decreases employment, and has an adverse effect upon the economic welfare of the people of the state. It is further found and determined that this chapter is enacted pursuant to, and the authority granted by this chapter is consistent with and will effect the purposes of, Section 13 of Article VIII, Ohio Constitution, that agriculture is part of and is directly related to industry, commerce, distribution, and research under Section 13 of Article VIII, Ohio Constitution, and that it is in the public interest and a proper public purpose under Section 13 of Article VIII, Ohio Constitution, for the state or any county or municipal corporation of the state, to acquire, construct, enlarge, improve, or equip, and to sell, lease or exchange, or otherwise dispose of property, structures, equipment, and facilities for agricultural purposes, and to make loans and borrow money and issue bonds or other obligations to provide moneys for the acquisition, construction, enlargement, improvement, or equipment of such property, structures, equipment, and facilities, all as provided in this chapter, and that such activities will contribute to the creation or preservation of jobs or employment opportunities or the improvement of the economic welfare of the people of the state. This chapter, being necessary for the welfare of the state and its people, shall be liberally construed to effect its purposes.

Cite as R.C. § 902.02

Effective Date: 01-11-1985

902.03 Industrial development provisions of constitution implemented.

Section 13 of Article VIII, Ohio Constitution, is in part implemented by this chapter in furtherance of the public purposes of the state to create or preserve jobs and employment opportunities or to improve the economic welfare of the people of the state. Any issuer acting through its issuing authority may in accordance with Section 13 of Article VIII, Ohio Constitution:

(A) Acquire by gift or purchase and hold and mortgage real estate and interests therein and personal property to be used as a project;

(B) Purchase, construct, reconstruct, enlarge, improve, furnish, and equip and lease, sell, exchange, and otherwise dispose of projects including, without limitation, the sale of projects by conditional or installment sale under which title may pass prior to or after completion of construction of a project or payment or provision 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 such sale, and including sale under an option to purchase upon agreed terms which may include a price which may be a nominal amount or less than true value at the time of purchase;

(C) Issue its bonds pursuant to a composite financing arrangement or otherwise to provide funds, by loans or otherwise, for acquiring, constructing, reconstructing, enlarging, improving, furnishing, or equipping one or more projects or parts thereof;

(D) Subject to division (D)(1) of section 902.04 of the Revised Code, issue its bonds pursuant to a composite financing arrangement for a group of loans submitted by or through a single lending institution, or with credit enhancement from a single lending institution or other person, to provide funds for acquiring, constructing, reconstructing, enlarging, improving, furnishing, or equipping one or more projects or parts thereof;

(E) Make loans for the acquisition, construction, reconstruction, enlargement, improvement, furnishing, or equipping of projects upon such terms as the issuing authority may determine or authorize, including secured or unsecured loans, and, in connection therewith, enter into loan agreements and other agreements, accept notes or other forms of obligation to evidence such indebtedness and security interests to secure such indebtedness, and take such action as may be considered by it 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;

(F) Enter into contracts and execute all instruments necessary or appropriate to carry out the purposes of this chapter;

(G) Fix, alter, and collect rentals and other charges for the use and occupancy of a project and lease the project to others, including a contract with, or the granting of an option to the lessee to purchase the project for such price as the issuing authority in its sole discretion determines to be appropriate, after retirement or redemption, or provision therefor, of all the bonds of the issuer issued to provide funds for the project;

(H) Retain, contract with, or employ and fix the compensation of financial consultants, appraisers, accounting experts, architects, engineers, and other employees, agents, and independent contractors as are necessary in the judgment of the issuing authority to carry out the provisions of this chapter;

(I) Pledge, assign, hypothecate, or otherwise encumber as security for the bonds, the rentals, revenues, and other income, charges, and moneys realized from the use, lease, sale, or other disposition of one or more projects or parts thereof as may be designated in the bond proceedings and enter into trust agreements or indentures of mortgage for the benefit of bondholders;

(J) Enter into appropriate arrangements with any federal or state department or agency, county, township, municipal corporation, or other political subdivision, taxing district or public body or agency for the planning and installation of streets, roads, alleys, water supply and distribution facilities, storm and sanitary sewage collection and disposal facilities, and other necessary appurtenances to a project;

(K) Purchase fire and extended coverage and liability insurance for a project, insurance protecting the issuer and its officers and employees against liability for damage to property or injury to or death of persons arising from the project, and any other insurance the issuer may agree to provide under the bond proceedings;

(L) Sell, lease, release, or otherwise dispose of real and personal property or interests therein, or a combination thereof, acquired by the issuer under authority of this chapter, and grant such easements and other rights in, over, under, or across a project as will not interfere with its use of such property, which sale, lease, release, disposition, or grant may be made without competitive bidding and in such manner and for such consideration as the issuing authority in its judgment deems appropriate;

(M) Purchase and contract to purchase loans or other evidence of debt from, and make and contract to make loans to or through lending institutions;

(N) Procure or require the procurement of insurance against any loss in connection with its operations, including without limitation the repayment of any loan, in such amount and from such insurers, including without limitation, the federal government, and pay any premiums therefor;

(O) Arrange for guarantees of its bonds by the federal government or by any private insurer or others, and contract, arrange for, make, or obtain letters of credit, agreements to purchase, repurchase, remarket, and index bonds, investment agreements, certificates of deposit, and other arrangements, agreements, and instruments related to the security for, or application or investment of funds pertaining to, bonds and pay any premiums or other consideration therefor from the proceeds of bonds or other revenues;

(P) Enter into reimbursement agreements, credit agreements, escrow agreements and such other contracts and agreements as appropriate, do all things necessary or appropriate and permitted by law to carry out such agreements, arrangements, and contracts, including the issuance of bonds in consideration of advances made under such agreements, arrangements, and contracts, and assign or direct the assignment of the right of the issuer with respect to such credit facilities and authorize its designated agents to draw upon such credit facilities;

(Q) Contract for the administration, origination, and servicing of loans and determine rates, fees, charges, and other terms and conditions in connection therewith;

(R) Subject to the rights of holders of bonds, collect, enforce the collection of, and foreclose on any collateral securing loans and acquire or take possession of such collateral and sell the same at public or private sale, and otherwise deal with such collateral as may be necessary to protect the interests of the issuer and the holders of bonds;

(S) Subject to the rights of holders of bonds, consent to any modification with respect to the rate of interest, time of payment or any installment of principal or interest, security or other term of any loan or commitment therefor or agreement of any kind to which the issuer is a party or beneficiary;

(T) Fix, charge, alter, and collect fees, interest rates, or other charges on bonds, loans, the allocation of loan funds, purchases of mortgage loans, processing services, or other services;

(U) Do all other acts necessary or appropriate to carry out the public purposes of Section 13 of Article VIII, Ohio Constitution, and this chapter.

Any instrument by which real property is acquired pursuant to this section shall identify the agency of the state that has the use and benefit of the real property as specified in section 5301.012 of the Revised Code.

Cite as R.C. § 902.03

Effective Date: 10-26-1999

902.04 Purpose of loans, debts, bonds.

(A) An issuer may from time to time issue bonds to carry out the lawful purposes set forth in this chapter including, but not limited to, the purchase of loans or other evidence of debt from and the making of loans to or through lending institutions, the payment of the costs of insurance, letters of credit, certificates of deposit, and purchase agreements related to the bonds or loans, underwriting, legal, accounting, financial consulting, rating, printing, and other services relating to the issuance and sale of the bonds, fees of any trustee, paying agent, bond registrar, depository, transfer agent, and authenticating agent, interest on the bonds, establishment of reserve funds securing the bonds, and any other costs reasonably related to the issuance, sale, marketing, servicing, insuring, guaranteeing, and otherwise securing of the bonds. Any issuer may from time to time, whenever it considers refunding to be expedient, issue bonds to refund any bonds issued under this chapter whether the bonds to be refunded have or have not matured, and may issue bonds partly to refund bonds then outstanding and partly for any other authorized purpose. The terms of the issuance and sale of refunding bonds shall be as provided in this chapter for an original issue of bonds.

(B) Bonds, and the issuance of bonds, pursuant to this chapter need not comply with any other law applicable to the issuance of bonds. The deposit, application, safeguarding, and investment of funds of an issuer received or held under bond proceedings of the issuer shall not be subject to Chapters 131. and 135. of the Revised Code.

(C)

(1) Bonds issued pursuant to this chapter do not constitute a debt, or the pledge of the faith and credit, of the state or any political subdivision thereof, and the holders or owners of such bonds have no right to have taxes levied by the general assembly or taxing authority of any political subdivision for the payment of the principal thereof or interest thereon. Moneys raised by taxation shall not be obligated or pledged for the payment of principal of or interest on such bonds, but such bonds shall be payable solely from the revenues and security interests pledged for their payment as authorized by this chapter, unless bonds are issued in anticipation of the issuance of or are refunded by refunding bonds issued pursuant to this chapter, which refunding bonds shall be payable solely from revenues and security interests pledged for their payment as authorized by this chapter. Bond anticipation notes may be secured solely or additionally by a covenant of the issuer that it will do all things necessary for the issuance of the bonds anticipated or renewal notes in appropriate amount and either exchange such bonds or renewal notes for such notes or apply the proceeds therefrom to the extent necessary to make full payment of the principal of and interest on such notes.

(2) Any pledge of revenues to the payment of bonds is valid and binding from the time the pledge is made and the revenues so pledged and thereafter received by the issuer are immediately subject to the lien of such pledge without any separation or physical delivery thereof, or further act, and the lien of any such pledge is valid and binding as against all parties having claims of any kind in tort, contract, or otherwise against the issuer, irrespective of whether such parties have notice thereof, and creates a perfected security interest for all purposes of Chapter 1309. of the Revised Code. Neither the resolution or ordinance nor any trust agreement or indenture by which a pledge is created need be filed or recorded except in the records of the issuer.

(3) 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 thereof, but are payable solely from the revenues and security interests pledged for their payment.

(D)

(1) The bonds shall be authorized by one or more resolutions or ordinances of the issuing authority, shall bear such date or dates, and shall mature at such time or times, not exceeding forty years from the date of issue, and have such redemption and purchase provisions as are authorized by or pursuant to such resolutions or ordinances. The bonds shall bear interest at such rate or rates, or at a variable rate or rates, as provided in or authorized by or pursuant to such resolutions or ordinances. The bonds shall be in such denominations, be in such form, either coupon, registered or book entry, 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 issuing authority may authorize. The bonds may be sold by the issuing authority at public or private sale, at not less than such price or prices as the issuer determines. Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter or Chapter 165., 761., or 1724. of the Revised Code, the commission shall have exclusive power to authorize the issuance and sale of bonds for agricultural purposes under a composite financing arrangement in excess of five hundred thousand dollars; provided that other issuers may issue bonds under composite financing arrangements in such greater amounts and at such times as shall be approved by the commission.

(2) Bonds issued by the agricultural financing commission shall be executed by the chairman or vice-chairman of the commission, manually or by a facsimile signature. The official seal of the commission or a facsimile thereof shall be affixed thereto or printed thereon, and any coupons attached thereto shall bear the signature or facsimile signature of the chairman or vice-chairman of the commission. Bonds and coupons issued by any other issuer shall be executed by such officers, in manual or facsimile form, and bear such official seal or a facsimile thereof, as shall be provided in the bond proceedings for the bonds. In case any officer whose signature or a facsimile of whose signature, appears on any bonds or coupons ceases to be such officer before delivery of bonds, such signature or facsimile is nevertheless sufficient for all purposes the same as if he had remained in office until such delivery, and in case the seal has been changed after a facsimile has been imprinted on such bonds, such facsimile seal will continue to be sufficient for all purposes. The bonds may also be issued and executed in book entry form in such manner as is appropriate to that form. Neither the members of the issuing authority nor any person executing the bonds is liable personally on the bonds or subject to any personal liability by reason of the issuance thereof.

(E) If the issuer is a county or municipal corporation, then prior to the delivery of bonds issued under authority of this section, the issuing authority shall send written notice by certified mail to the director of agriculture and the director of development advising of the proposed delivery of the bonds, the amount thereof, the proposed lessee of the project or person to whom the proceeds of the bonds will be loaned, and a general description of the project or projects to be financed.

(F) All bonds issued under authority of this chapter, regardless of form or terms and regardless of any other law to the contrary, shall have all qualities and incidents of negotiable instruments, subject to provisions for registration, and may be issued in coupon, fully registered, or other form, or any combination thereof, as the issuing authority determines. Provision may be made for the registration of any coupon bonds as to principal alone or as to both principal and interest, and for the conversion into coupon bonds of any fully registered bonds or bonds registered as to both principal and interest.

Cite as R.C. § 902.04

Effective Date: 01-11-1985

902.05 Provisions of bond proceedings.

The bond proceedings may contain provisions which shall be part of the contract with the bondholders as to:

(A) Determinations by the issuing authority that the project to be financed thereunder is a project, as defined in this chapter, and is consistent with the purposes of Section 13 of Article VIII, Ohio Constitution, and such determinations shall be conclusive as to the validity and enforceability of the bonds issued under such bond proceedings and of such bond proceedings and security interests given and leases, subleases, sale agreements, loan agreements, and other agreements made in connection therewith, all in accordance with their terms.

(B) Pledging the rentals, revenues, and other income, charges, and moneys therein designated for the payment of the principal of and interest on the bonds and all other payments required to be made by the bond proceedings;

(C) Acquisition by gift or purchase, construction, reconstruction, enlargement, improvement, furnishing, equipment, operation, alteration, maintenance, insurance, and repair of the pledged facilities and the duties of the issuing authority with respect thereto;

(D) Provisions regarding the purposes to which the proceeds of the bonds may be applied;

(E) Terms of the bonds;

(F) Maintenance, collection, use and disposition of rentals, revenues, and other income, charges, and moneys received from the lease, sale, or other disposition of the pledged facilities;

(G) Terms and conditions under which additional bonds may be issued, secured by a pledge of rentals, revenues, and other income, charges, and moneys received from or a mortgage on the same pledged facilities;

(H) Terms of any trust agreement or indenture of mortgage securing the bonds, including authorization to enter into such agreement or indenture;

(I) The deposit, application, safeguarding, and investment of funds of the issuer received or held under the bond proceedings, to which Chapters 131. and 135. of the Revised Code are not applicable.

(J) The use of credit facilities to provide for the following:

(1) Additional security for such bonds;

(2) A primary or contingent source of payment of or reimbursement for the principal of, interest or any redemption premium on the bonds, or the purchase price upon a put or call, as the case may be, and related costs, with respect to such bonds;

(3) Contracts for the purchase or repurchase of bonds.

(K) Any other appropriate agreements with the bondholders with respect to the pledged facilities and the rentals, revenues, and other income, charges and moneys received therefrom.

Cite as R.C. § 902.05

Effective Date: 01-11-1985

902.06 Determinations of agricultural financing commission.

The agricultural financing commission may make the following determinations in connection with any issuance of its bonds:

(A) The number, location, and other characteristics of projects, including to the extent reasonably possible, assurance that the projects to be financed by bonds will create or preserve jobs and employment opportunities or improve the economic welfare of the people of the state;

(B) Eligibility requirements, including requirements for credit worthiness, for projects for which loans are made from proceeds of the bonds. In determining eligibility requirements the commission shall take into consideration all of the following factors:

(1) The length of time any borrower has been engaged in agriculture;

(2) The net income or net worth of any borrower; and

(3) The availability or feasibility of alternative financing methods for any borrower.

(C) The type and amount of collateral, security or credit enhancement to be provided to assure repayment of loans or of bonds;

(D) The amounts and types of insurance coverage required on projects and loans;

(E) Any other matters relating to the exercise of the powers or duties of the commission under this chapter.

Cite as R.C. § 902.06

Effective Date: 01-11-1985

902.07 Trust agreement or indenture of mortgage provisions.

(A) In the discretion of the issuing authority, the bonds may be secured by a trust agreement or indenture of mortgage between the issuer and a corporate trustee, which may be any trust company or bank having the powers of a trust company within or without this state but authorized to exercise trust powers within this state.

(B) Any such trust agreement or indenture of mortgage may contain the resolution or ordinance authorizing the issuance of the bonds and other provisions which are customary or appropriate in an agreement or indenture of such type, including but not limited to:

(1) A pledge of the rentals, revenues, and other income, charges, and moneys out of which the principal of and interest on the bonds shall be payable and a mortgage of all or any part of the pledged facilities, including any enlargements of and additions to such pledged facilities thereafter made.

(2) Maintenance of each pledge, trust agreement, and indenture of mortgage made for the security of any of the bonds until the issuer has fully paid the principal of and interest on the bonds, or provision therefor has been made, for the security of which the pledge has been made and the trust agreement or indenture of mortgage has been given.

(3) In the event of default in any payments required to be made by the bond proceedings or any other agreement of the issuer made as a part of the contract under which the bonds were issued, enforcement of such payments or agreement by mandamus, the appointment of a receiver in equity, or if a mortgage has been given, the foreclosure of such mortgage or any combination of the foregoing.

(4) The rights and remedies of the bondholders and of the trustee and provisions for protecting and enforcing them, including limitations on rights of individual bondholders.

(5) Such other provisions as the trustee, the original purchaser of the bonds, and the issuing authority agree upon.

Cite as R.C. § 902.07

Effective Date: 01-11-1985

902.08 Loans to or through lending institution.

(A) An issuer may make and contract to make loans to or through lending institutions to finance a project on such terms and conditions as the issuer shall determine, and all lending institutions are hereby authorized to borrow from any issuer in accordance with this section.

(B) An issuer may purchase and contract to purchase from lending institutions loans or other evidence of debt to finance a project on such terms and conditions as the issuer shall determine, and all lending institutions are hereby authorized to sell such loans to any issuer in accordance with this section.

(C) An issuer may determine the following in connection with any issuance of bonds and the making of loans to or through, or the purchase of loans from, lending institutions under this section:

(1) Commitment requirements for projects financed by lending institutions involving money provided directly or indirectly under this section;

(2) The allocation of available money among lending institutions;

(3) The maturities, terms, conditions, and interest rates for loans made, purchased, sold, assigned, or committed under this section.

(D) An issuer shall require, as a condition of each loan made to or through a lending institution pursuant to this section, that the lending institution use such loan proceeds to make new loans to finance projects in an aggregate principal amount at least equal to the amount of such loan.

(E) An issuer may require that each lending institution receiving a loan from the issuer pursuant to this section shall issue and deliver to the issuer an evidence of its indebtedness to the issuer which shall bear such date or dates, shall mature at such time or times, shall be subject to prepayment, and shall contain such other provisions consistent with this chapter as the issuer shall determine.

(F) An issuer may require that loans made by the issuer pursuant to this section shall be secured as to payment of both principal and interest by a pledge of such collateral security as the issuer shall determine to be necessary to assure the payment of such loans and the interest thereon as the same become due.

(G) An issuer may require that any collateral for loans made by the issuer pursuant to this section be deposited with a bank, trust company, or other financial institution acceptable to the issuer located in the state and designated by the issuer as custodian therefor and may also establish such requirements as it shall consider necessary with respect to the pledging, assigning, setting aside, or holding of such collateral, and the making of substitutions therefor or additions thereto, and the disposition of income and receipts therefrom.

(H) An issuer may require as a condition of each loan made by the issuer to a lending institution pursuant to this section that such lending institution, within such period after receipt of the loan proceeds as the issuer may prescribe, shall have entered into a written commitment or commitments to make, and, within such period thereafter as the issuer may prescribe, shall have disbursed such loan proceeds in new loans. Such new loans shall have such terms and conditions as the issuer may prescribe.

(I) An issuer may require, as a condition of any loans made by the issuer to or through or purchased from lending institutions pursuant to this section, such representations and warranties as it shall determine to be necessary to secure such loans and carry out the purpose of this chapter.

(J) An issuer may provide in agreements with lending institutions and in loan documents requirements applicable to the purchase of loans pursuant to this section, including but not limited to the following:

(1) Qualifications of lending institutions from which loans may be purchased;

(2) The time period within which lending institutions must make commitments for and originate loans, and deliver them for purchase;

(3) The terms and conditions of loans to be purchased.

(K) Lending institutions and borrowers are authorized to comply with requirements pursuant to this section notwithstanding any other restrictions in law or rules.

Cite as R.C. § 902.08

Effective Date: 01-11-1985

902.09 Protection and enforcement of rights of bondholder and trustees.

(A) Any holder of bonds issued pursuant to this chapter or a trustee under a trust agreement or indenture of mortgage entered into pursuant to section 902.07 of the Revised Code, except to the extent that their rights are restricted by the bond proceedings or by the terms of the bonds, may by any suitable form of legal proceedings, protect and enforce any rights under the laws of this state or granted by the bond proceedings. Such rights include the right to compel the performance of all duties of the issuer required by this chapter or the bond proceedings; to enjoin unlawful activities; and in the event of default with respect to the payment of any principal of and interest on any bond or in the performance of any covenant or agreement on the part of the issuer in the resolution, ordinance, trust agreement, or indenture, to apply to a court having jurisdiction of the cause to appoint a receiver to administer and operate the pledged facilities, the rentals, revenues, and other income, charges, and moneys of which are pledged to the payment of principal of and interest on such bonds or which are the subject of the covenant or agreement, with full power to pay, and to provide for payment of, principal of and interest on such bonds, and with such powers, subject to the direction of the court, as are accorded receivers in general equity cases, excluding any power to pledge additional rentals, revenues, or other income, charges, or moneys of the issuer, including those derived from taxation, to the payment of such principal and interest; and to foreclose the mortgage on the pledged facilities in the same manner as for real estate of private corporations.

(B) No law heretofore or hereafter enacted providing for a moratorium, postponement, or restraint upon the rights or remedies of a mortgagee or secured party to enforce a security interest, whether by foreclosure, collection or taking possession, judicial or other sale or disposition, or by any other means, shall apply to a security interest in all or any part of pledged facilities or in any way restrict, preclude, or otherwise impair the rights or remedies of the holders of bonds issued under this chapter or of any insurer, guarantor, or provider of a letter of credit or other credit facility or security enhancement arrangement pertaining to loans made or bonds issued under this chapter. The provisions of this division may be included as a covenant in any agreement with the holders of bonds or any insurer, guarantor, or provider of a letter of credit or other credit facility or security enhancement arrangement pertaining to loans made or bonds issued under this chapter.

Cite as R.C. § 902.09

Effective Date: 01-11-1985

902.10 Bonds are lawful investments.

All bonds issued under this chapter are lawful investments of banks, societies for savings, savings and loan associations, deposit guarantee associations, trust companies, trustees, fiduciaries, insurance companies, including domestic for life and domestic not for life, trustees or other officers having charge of sinking and bond retirement or other special funds of political subdivisions and taxing districts of this state, the commissioners of the sinking fund of the state, the administrator of workers' compensation, the state teachers retirement system, the public employees retirement system, the school employees retirement system, and the Ohio police and fire pension fund, notwithstanding any other provision of the Revised Code or rules adopted pursuant thereto by any governmental agency of the state with respect to investments by them, and are acceptable as security for the deposit of public moneys.

Cite as R.C. § 902.10

Effective Date: 11-02-1999

902.11 Property subject to taxes and zoning, planning and building regulations.

(A) Any real or personal property, or both, of an issuer that is acquired, constructed, reconstructed, enlarged, improved, furnished, or equipped, or any combination thereof, and leased or subleased under authority of this chapter shall be subject to ad valorem, sales, use, and franchise taxes and to zoning, planning, and building regulations and fees, to the same extent and in the same manner as if the lessee-user or sublessee-user thereof, rather than the issuer, had acquired, constructed, reconstructed, enlarged, improved, furnished, or equipped, or any combination thereof, such real or personal property, and title thereto was in the name of such lessee-user or sublessee-user.

The transfer of tangible personal property by lease or sublease under authority of this chapter is not a sale as used in Chapter 5739. of the Revised Code. The exemptions provided in divisions (B)(1) and (14) of section 5739.02 of the Revised Code shall not be applicable to purchases for a project under this chapter.

An issuer shall be exempt from all taxes on its real or personal property, or both, that has been acquired, constructed, reconstructed, enlarged, improved, furnished, or equipped, or any combination thereof, under this chapter so long as such property is used by the issuer for purposes that would otherwise exempt such property; has ceased to be used by a former lessee-user or sublessee-user and is not occupied or used; or has been acquired by the issuer, but development has not yet commenced. The exemption shall be effective as of the date the exempt use begins. All taxes on the exempt real or personal property for the year should be prorated and the taxes for the exempt portion of the year shall be remitted by the county auditor.

(B) Bonds issued under this chapter, the transfer thereof, and the interest and other income from the bonds, including any profit made on the sale thereof, are free from taxation within the state.

Cite as R.C. § 902.11

Effective Date: 10-21-2003

902.12 Special assessments.

When a special assessment is made on real property owned by an issuer and leased under authority of this chapter, the installments of the assessment shall be paid by the lessee of such real property so long as such property is leased and any installment thereof remaining unpaid at the termination of any such lease shall thereafter be paid by the issuer so long as such property is owned by it.

Cite as R.C. § 902.12

Effective Date: 01-11-1985