2017 New Jersey Revised Statutes
TITLE 18A - EDUCATION
Section 18A:56-19 - School bond reserve accounts; establishment; composition; funding of accounts.

18A:56-19 School bond reserve accounts; establishment; composition; funding of accounts.

5. a. There is established within the fund for the support of free public schools a school bond reserve. The school bond reserve shall consist of two accounts, the old school bond reserve account and the new school bond reserve account. The old school bond reserve account shall be funded in an amount equal to at least 1 1/2 % of the aggregate issued and outstanding bonded indebtedness of counties, municipalities or school districts for school purposes for all such indebtedness issued prior to the effective date of P.L.2003, c.118, exclusive of bonds the debt service for which is provided by State appropriations but not to exceed the moneys available in the account. The new school bond reserve account shall be funded in an amount equal to at least 1% of the aggregate issued and outstanding bonded indebtedness of counties, municipalities or school districts for school purposes for all such indebtedness issued on and after the effective date of P.L.2003, c.118, exclusive of bonds the debt service for which is provided by State appropriations. The school bond reserve shall be composed entirely of direct obligations of the United States Government or obligations guaranteed by the full faith and credit of the United States Government.

b. Securities representing at least one-third of the minimum market value to be held in the school bond reserve shall be due to mature within one year of the date of issuance or purchase. It shall be the duty of the trustees of the fund to determine that the school bond reserve is established at the proper level, based on the market value of the obligations on the effective date of this act, to ascertain annually on or before September 15 the aggregate amount of bonds issued and outstanding and to maintain the old school bond reserve account and the new school bond reserve account at the appropriate levels for the ensuing year based on annual market valuations of the obligations. The trustees are authorized to retain so much of the income earned by the fund in the preceding year as they may determine to be required to maintain each account in the reserve at the levels herein specified. The amount of the reserve held in the old school bond reserve account so established is pledged as security for prompt payment, in accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.18A:56-16, to holders of bonds issued prior to the effective date of P.L.2003, c.118, for school purposes by counties, municipalities or school districts of principal of and interest on the bonds in the event of the inability of the issuer to make payment. The amount of the reserve held in the new school bond reserve account so established is pledged as security for prompt payment, in accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.18A:56-16, to holders of bonds issued on and after the effective date of P.L.2003, c.118, for school purposes by counties, municipalities or school districts of principal of and interest on the bonds in the event of the inability of the issuer to make payment. In the event the amount held in the old school bond reserve account exceeds the amount required to be held pursuant to subsection a. of this section, the excess may be transferred by the State Treasurer to the new school bond reserve account. In the event the amounts in either the old school bond reserve account or the new school bond reserve account fall below the amount required to make payments on bonds, the amounts in both the old school and new school bond reserve accounts shall be available to make payments for bonds secured by the reserve.

c. Beginning with the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2003 and continuing on each June 30 thereafter, the State Treasurer shall calculate the amount necessary to fully fund the old school bond reserve account and the new school bond reserve account as required pursuant to subsection a. of this section. To the extent moneys available under P.L.1967, c.271 (C.18A:56-1 et seq.) are insufficient to maintain each account in the reserve at the required levels, the State hereby agrees that the State Treasurer shall, no later than September 15 of the fiscal year following the June 30 calculation date, pay to the trustees for deposit in the school bond reserve such amounts as may be necessary to maintain the old school bond reserve account and the new school bond reserve account at the levels set forth in subsection a. of this section. No moneys may be borrowed from the fund to provide liquidity to the State unless the 1 1/2% and 1% accounts are at the levels certified as full funding on the most recent June 30 calculation date.

L.1980,c.72,s.5; amended 2003, c.118, s.2.

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