2013 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 34 - LABOR AND WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION
Section 34:1B-7.23 - "Public School Facilities Code Compliance Loan Fund"
34:1B-7.23."Public School Facilities Code Compliance Loan Fund"
4. a. The authority shall establish and maintain a special nonlapsing revolving fund to be known as the "Public School Facilities Code Compliance Loan Fund," hereinafter the "compliance fund," which shall be credited with: (1) the $25 million allocated from the Economic Recovery Fund pursuant to paragraph (1) of subsection d. of section 4 of P.L.1992, c.16 (C.34:1B-7:13); (2) any moneys that shall be received by the authority from the repayment of loans made from the compliance fund and interest thereon; and (3) any other moneys which the authority determines to deposit therein.
b. The authority may use the moneys in the compliance fund to finance not less than 25%, and not more than 50%, of the total cost of any project, in accordance with the criteria set forth in this section, for the purpose of providing low-interest loans to school districts, to finance the renovation, repair or other alteration of existing school buildings, the construction of new school buildings or the conversion of existing school buildings to other instructional purposes, if such renovation, repair, alteration, construction or conversion is required to bring buildings that, at the time of application, do not meet State health and safety code requirements, into compliance with those requirements.
c. Upon application by a school district for a low-interest loan, the commissioner is authorized and empowered to determine whether the renovations, repairs, alterations, conversion or construction are necessary to meet State health and safety code requirements. If the commissioner determines that such work is necessary, the commissioner shall certify that the school district is eligible for a low-interest loan pursuant to this section to finance the renovation, repair, alteration, conversion or construction described in the application.
d. (1) Upon certification, the commissioner shall waive the holding of a referendum or the requirement for approval by a board of school estimate pursuant to subsection (d) of N.J.S.18A:20-4.2 or N.J.S.18A:24-5 et seq., as the case may be, or the requirement for approval of the project by a capital projects control board pursuant to P.L.1991, c.139 (C.18A:7A-46.1 et seq.), as appropriate, and the school district may, upon receiving the certification and waiver, apply to the authority for a loan pursuant to this section. The terms of the loan and the repayment schedule shall be established by the authority. The repayments to the authority by the school districts shall be treated as net debt service by the school districts for school aid purposes. In addition to the amount of taxes determined by the legal voters of the district at the annual school election, the secretary of the board of education shall certify the amount required for the repayment of the interest and principal of the loan in the same manner required for interest and debt redemption charges pursuant to N.J.S.18A:22-33, and the amount so certified shall be included in the taxes assessed, levied and collected in the municipality or municipalities comprising the school district for such purposes.
(2) All repayments, and interest thereon, shall be deposited by the authority in the compliance fund, for use in the manner provided for in this section, except insofar as the authority may direct that such amounts be deposited in the small projects fund established pursuant to section 7 of P.L.1993, c.102 (C.34:1B-7.25).
(3) Notwithstanding any provision of this section to the contrary, on and after the effective date of P.L.1996, c.48 (C.34:1B-7.23a et al.), any loan repayments and interest thereon on deposit or deposited into the compliance fund shall be paid by the authority to the State Treasurer for deposit into the General Fund of the State, provided that the payment does not violate any existing agreement of the authority with bondholders.
e. The authority, in consultation with the commissioner shall, in determining whether to grant approval of any loan application pursuant to this section, take into consideration the severity of the need for the particular project, the ability of the school district to begin and complete the project in an expeditious manner, the ability of the school district to proceed with the funding of the balance of the funds for the project, and the extent to which the approval of the project contributes to the equable distribution of moneys in the compliance fund.
f. The balance of the moneys needed for a project for which an application for a loan is made pursuant to this section may be funded by the school district by: (1) the issuance of bonds, or other borrowing, excluding lease-purchase agreements, pursuant to the provisions of subsection (d) of N.J.S.18A:20-4.2, N.J.S.18A:24-5 et seq., or P.L.1991, c.139 (C.18A:7A-46.1 et seq.), as appropriate; except that the commissioner shall waive the holding of a referendum or the requirement for approval by a board of school estimate pursuant to subsection (d) of N.J.S.18A:20-4.2, or N.J.S.18A:24-5 et seq., as the case may be, or the requirement for approval of the project by a capital projects control board pursuant to P.L.1991, c.139 (C.18A:7A-46.1 et seq.), as appropriate; (2) borrowing from the "Public Schools Small Projects Loan Assistance Fund" established pursuant to section 7 of P.L.1993, c.102 (C.34:1B-7.25), if the total cost of the project does not exceed $5,000,000, and in any such case the commissioner shall waive the holding of a referendum or the requirement for approval by a board of school estimate pursuant to subsection (d) of N.J.S.18A:20-4.2 or N.J.S.18A:24-5 et seq., as the case may be, or approval of the project by a capital projects control board pursuant to P.L.1991, c.139 (C.18A:7A-46.1 et seq.), as appropriate; (3) moneys of the school district not necessary for the completion of any other specific projects; and (4) any other lawful source; except that no project funded or approved to be funded by school district bonds authorized, pursuant to law, prior to December 31, 1992 shall be funded pursuant to P.L.1993, c.102 (C.34:1B-7.20 et al.).
g. Any school district shall be eligible to receive additional loans pursuant to this section even if the district has received a previous loan; provided that those additional loans are in conformity with the selection criteria established pursuant to this section.
h. Net earnings received from the investment or deposit of moneys in the compliance fund by the authority shall be redeposited in the fund for use for the purposes of this section.
L.1993,c.102,s.4; amended 1996, c.48, s.1.
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