2017 New Jersey Revised Statutes
TITLE 18A - EDUCATION
Section 18A:72A-42 - Higher education equipment leasing fund; issuance of bonds.

18A:72A-42 Higher education equipment leasing fund; issuance of bonds.

5. a. There is created within the New Jersey Educational Facilities Authority, established pursuant to chapter 72A of Title 18A of the New Jersey Statutes, hereinafter referred to as the "authority," a higher education equipment leasing fund to finance the purchase of higher education equipment at public and private institutions of higher education. The authority shall issue bonds to finance the purchase of higher education equipment for lease to public and private institutions of higher education and to finance the administrative costs associated with the approval process and the issuance of bonds provided that the total outstanding principal amount of the bonds shall not exceed $100,000,000, except that all administrative costs associated with the approval process and the issuance of bonds shall not be included within the total aggregate principal amount of bonds issued, and the term of any bond issued shall not exceed 10 years. In computing the foregoing limitation as to amount, there shall be excluded all bonds which shall be issued for refunding purposes, provided that the refunding shall be determined by the authority to result in a debt service savings. The State Treasurer is hereby authorized to enter into a contract with the authority pursuant to which the State Treasurer, subject to available appropriation, shall pay the amount necessary to pay the principal and interest on bonds and notes of the authority issued pursuant to this section. In entering into a lease agreement with a public or private institution of higher education, the authority shall include such lease provisions as may be necessary to insure that the institution shall pay an amount equal to 25% of the amount necessary to pay the principal and interest on the bonds and notes of the authority issued pursuant to this section to finance the purchase of higher education equipment at that institution. Upon receipt of such moneys from the public or private institution of higher education, the authority shall remit the moneys immediately to the State Treasurer.

b. The authority shall from time to time issue bonds or notes in an amount sufficient to finance the purchase of higher education equipment pursuant to lease agreements with public and private institutions of higher education and which shall also finance the administrative costs associated with the issuance of bonds or notes. The authority shall issue the bonds or notes in such manner as it shall determine in accordance with the provisions of P.L.1993, c.136 (C.18A:72A-40 et al.) and the "New Jersey educational facilities authority law," N.J.S.18A:72A-1 et seq. The authority shall not issue any bonds or notes pursuant to this section without the prior written consent of the State Treasurer.

c. Bonds or notes issued pursuant to this act shall not be in any way a debt or liability of the State or of any political subdivision thereof other than the authority and shall not create or constitute any indebtedness, liability or obligation of the State or of any political subdivision thereof, or be or constitute a pledge of the faith and credit of the State or of any political subdivision thereof, but all bonds or notes, unless funded or refunded by the bonds or notes of the authority, shall be payable solely from revenues of funds pledged or available for their payment as authorized by this act. Each bond shall contain on its face a statement to the effect that the authority is obligated to pay the principal thereof, redemption premium, if any, or the interest thereon only from revenue or funds of the authority and that neither the State nor any political subdivision thereof is obligated to pay the principal thereof, redemption premium, if any, or interest thereon and that neither the faith and credit nor the taxing power of the State or of any political subdivision thereof is pledged to the payment of the principal of, redemption premium, if any, or the interest on the bonds.

d. The State of New Jersey does hereby pledge to and covenant and agree with the holders of any bonds or notes issued pursuant to authorization of P.L.1993, c.136 (C.18A:72A-40 et al.) that the State shall not limit or alter the rights or powers hereby vested in the authority to perform and fulfill the terms of any agreement made with the holders of the bonds or notes, or to fix, establish, charge and collect such rents, fees, rates, payments, or other charges as may be convenient or necessary to produce sufficient revenues to meet all expenses of the authority and to fulfill the terms of any agreement made with the holders of the bonds and notes, together with interest thereon, with interest on any unpaid installments of interest, and all costs and expenses in connection with any action or proceedings by or on behalf of the holders, until the bonds and notes, together with interest thereon, are fully met and discharged or provided for.

L.1993, c.136, s.5; amended 2009, c.308, s.33.

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