2017 New Jersey Revised Statutes
TITLE 40A - MUNICIPALITIES AND COUNTIES
Section 40A:12A-67 - Issuance of bonds by municipality.
40A:12A-67 Issuance of bonds by municipality.
4. a. The municipality may issue bonds itself in the manner provided for herein or pursuant to the "Local Redevelopment and Housing Law," P.L.1992, c.79 (C.40A:12A-1 et seq.) or may apply to the authority to issue bonds, regardless of whether the redevelopment project is undertaken under municipal authority pursuant to P.L.1991, c.431 (C.40A:20-1 et seq.) or by a State entity redeveloper pursuant to a State entity redevelopment agreement, which in any case may be secured by payments in lieu of taxes or special assessments or both or a portion thereof, by the adoption of a resolution or ordinance, as applicable, of the governing body of the municipality, authority or State entity to that effect.
b. A municipality that has designated a redevelopment area or in which a redevelopment project is undertaken by a State entity redeveloper pursuant to a State entity redevelopment agreement may, by resolution of its governing body, if it determines to issue bonds through the authority, enter into contracts with the authority relating to that redevelopment project, or to act as a redeveloper or to finance or refinance a redevelopment project undertaken by a State entity redeveloper pursuant to a State entity redevelopment agreement within a redevelopment area. A resolution so adopted shall contain findings and determinations of the governing body: (1) that all or a portion of the redevelopment project undertaken within the municipality will result in the redevelopment of the municipality; and, (2) that the contract with the authority or, to the extent applicable, the financial agreement with the State entity redeveloper, is a necessary or important inducement to the undertaking of the project or the redevelopment project undertaken by the State entity redeveloper in that it makes the financing thereof feasible. The contract or contracts, or the terms of any bonds issued directly by a municipality may provide for the assignment, for the benefit of bondholders, of all or any portion of payments in lieu of taxes, or special assessments, or both. A contract may be made and entered into for a term beginning currently or at some future or contingent date, and with or without consideration, and for a specified or unlimited time, and on any terms and conditions which may be requested by the municipality and, to the extent applicable, the State entity redeveloper, and, if applicable, as may be agreed to by the authority and, to the extent applicable, the State entity redeveloper, in conformity with its contracts with the holders of bonds, and shall be valid and binding on the municipality. The municipality is hereby authorized and directed to do and perform any contract so entered into by it and to provide for the discharge of any obligation thereunder in the same manner as other obligations of the municipality.
Any contract, and any instrument making or evidencing the same, may be pledged or assigned by the authority, with the consent of the municipality executing the contract, and, to the extent applicable, the consent of the State entity redeveloper, to secure its bonds and thereafter may not be modified except as provided by the terms of the instrument or by the terms of the pledge or assignment.
The municipality may include in the terms of a bond or contract, including a financial agreement, a provision that the payments in lieu of taxes or special assessments shall constitute a municipal charge for the purposes of R.S.54:4-66.
c. The payments in lieu of taxes or special assessments, or both, may be assigned directly by the municipality or the authority or the trustee for the bonds as payment or security for the bonds. Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, the assignment shall be an absolute assignment of all the municipality's right, title, and interest in the payment in lieu of taxes or special assessments, or both, or portion thereof, along with the rights and remedies provided to the municipality under the agreement including, but not limited to, the right of collection of payments due. Payments in lieu of taxes and special assessments assigned as provided hereunder shall not be included in the general funds of the municipality, nor shall they be subject to any laws regarding the receipt, deposit, investment or appropriation of public funds and shall retain such status notwithstanding enforcement of the payment or assessment by the municipality or assignee as provided herein. The municipality shall be a "person" within the meaning of that term as defined in section 3 of P.L.1974, c.80 (C.34:1B-3); and the purpose described in this section shall be a "project" within the meaning of that term as defined in section 3 of P.L.1974, c.80 (C.34:1B-3).
d. Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection g. of section 37 of P.L.1992, c.79 (C.40A:12A-37), the bonds issued pursuant to this section may be issued as non-recourse obligations, and unless otherwise provided for by a separate action of the municipality to guarantee such bonds or otherwise provide for a pledge of the municipality's full faith and credit shall not, except for such action, be considered to be direct and general obligations of the municipality, and, absent such action, the municipality shall not be obligated to levy and collect a tax sufficient in an amount to pay the principal and interest on the bonds when the same become due and payable. The provisions of the "Local Government Supervision Act (1947)," P.L.1947, c.151 (C.52:27BB-1 et seq.) shall not apply to any bonds issued or authorized pursuant to this section and those bonds shall not be considered gross debt of the municipality on any debt statement filed in accordance with the "Local Bond Law," N.J.S.40A:2-1 et seq., and the provisions of chapter 27 of Title 52 of the Revised Statutes shall not apply to such bonds.
e. The proceeds from the sale of bonds and any funds provided by any department of the State, authority created by the State or bi-state authority for the purposes described in the "Redevelopment Area Bond Financing Law," sections 1 through 10 of P.L.2001, c.310 (C.40A:12A-64 et seq.) or for the purpose of financing or refinancing a redevelopment project pursuant to a State entity redevelopment agreement, shall not require compliance with public bidding laws, including the "Local Public Contracts Law," P.L.1971, c.198 (C.40A:11-1 et seq.), or any other statute where the redeveloper or State entity redeveloper, as the case may be, shall undertake the redevelopment project. The use of these funds shall be subject to public accountability and oversight by the issuer of those bonds, regardless of whether the municipality, agency or authority provides the funds.
f. In order to provide additional security for any loan to a redeveloper or a State entity redeveloper, as the case may be, or to bonds issued to finance a redevelopment project, regardless of whether that redevelopment project is undertaken under municipal authority pursuant to P.L.1991, c.431 (C.40A:20-1 et seq.) or by a State entity redeveloper pursuant to a State entity redevelopment agreement, the municipality may utilize powers otherwise provided by law, including the "Local Redevelopment and Housing Law," P.L.1992, c.79 (C.40A:12A-1 et seq.), to provide for any extension of the municipality's credit to any redeveloper or State entity redeveloper, as the case may be, or its full faith and credit which may include a full faith and credit lease as security for the bonds or any loan to a redeveloper or State entity redeveloper, as the case may be. To the extent that the municipality provides for a full faith and credit guarantee of any loan to a redeveloper or State entity redeveloper, as the case may be, or any bonds, but determines not to authorize the issuance of bonds or notes to provide for the funding source thereof, or otherwise determines to enter into a full faith and credit lease, it may do so by an ordinance introduced, adopted, and published in accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.40A:2-17 and N.J.S.40A:2-19. Such ordinance shall take effect 20 days after the first publication of the ordinance or of a summary thereof after final adoption. To the extent that bonds or notes are authorized as provided above, such bonds or notes shall be authorized pursuant to the provisions of the "Local Bond Law," N.J.S.40A:2-1 et seq., and shall be deductible from the gross debt of the municipality until such time as such bonds or notes are actually issued, and only up to the amount actually issued, to fund such guarantee.
g. A financial instrument, whether issued by a municipality or an authority, that is secured in whole or in part by payments in lieu of taxes or by special assessments, or both, as provided herein shall be subject to the review and approval of the board. That review and approval shall be made prior to approval of, in the case of a municipality, an introduced ordinance or, in the case of an authority, a resolution. The board shall be entitled to receive from the applicant an amount sufficient to provide for all reasonable professional and other fees and expenses incurred by it for the review, analysis and determination with respect thereto. As part of its review, the board shall specifically solicit comments from the Office of State Planning and the New Jersey Economic Development Authority in addition to comments from the public. The Office of State Planning shall provide comments on whether the redevelopment project or plan promotes congestion reduction, enhanced mobility, further redevelopment, and otherwise improves the quality of life of residents. As part of the board's review and approval, it shall consider the comments submitted and whether the issuance of the redevelopment area bond will adversely impact the financial stability of the municipality or service area of the authority.
h. A municipality that has assigned any portion of the payments in lieu of taxes it receives pursuant to a financial agreement, as payment or security for bonds, may also pledge a portion of those payments in lieu of taxes as payment or security for bonds in order to finance or refinance any cost or expense of the municipality, State entity or authority.
i. In the case of a municipality which is otherwise subject to tax or revenue sharing pursuant to law and which assigns a portion of the payments in lieu of taxes or special assessments pursuant to a financial agreement to secure bonds issued by the municipality or the authority, the assigned portion of those payments in lieu of taxes or special assessments shall not be considered part of the tax or revenue sharing formula or calculation of municipal revenues for the purpose of determining whether that municipality is obligated to make payment to, or receive a credit from, any tax sharing or revenue sharing pool.
L.2001, c.310, s.4; amended 2004, c.112, s.3; 2015, c.95, s.26.