2017 New Jersey Revised Statutes
TITLE 40A - MUNICIPALITIES AND COUNTIES
Section 40A:3-4 - Issuance of qualified bonds.
40A:3-4 Issuance of qualified bonds.
3. a. Bonds issued by any municipality pursuant to provisions of this act shall be "qualified bonds" and shall be entitled to the benefit of the provisions of this act.
b. Whenever the governing body of a municipality determines, by passage of a bond ordinance upon first reading, to issue bonds for any lawful purpose, it may file an application and a certified copy of the ordinance as passed on first reading with the Local Finance Board to qualify the bonds pursuant to the provisions of this act. Upon receipt of any such application, the Local Finance Board shall cause an investigation to be made, taking into consideration such factors as the need for the facilities to be financed from the proceeds of such proposed qualified bonds, the ability of the municipality to supply other essential public improvements and services and during the ensuing 10 years to pay punctually the principal and interest on its debts, the reasonableness of the amounts to be expended for each of the purposes or improvements to be financed pursuant to such bonds, and such other factors as the Local Finance Board may deem necessary.
c. If such investigation shows to the satisfaction of the Local Finance Board that such municipality should be entitled to issue qualified bonds pursuant to the provisions of this act, the Local Finance Board may by resolution determine that such municipality is entitled to issue qualified bonds. In considering any ordinance submitted to it and before endorsing its consent thereon, the Local Finance Board may require the governing body of any municipality to adopt resolutions restricting or limiting any future proceedings with respect to the authorization of bonds or other matters deemed by the Local Finance Board to affect any estimate made or to be made by it in accordance with subsection b. of this section. Every resolution so adopted shall constitute a valid and binding obligation of such municipality running to and enforceable by, and releasable by the Local Finance Board.
d. Within 60 days after the submission to it of an application made in accordance with subsection b. of this section, the Local Finance Board shall cause its consent to be endorsed upon the ordinance authorizing the issuance of qualified bonds, if it shall be satisfied and record by resolution that the municipality is entitled to issue qualified bonds. If the Local Finance Board is not so satisfied, it shall cause its disapproval to be endorsed upon such ordinance within said period of 60 days.
e. If the governing body of a municipality shall determine by resolution that a maturity schedule for its qualified bonds, other than the maturity schedule approved by the Local Finance Board pursuant to subsection c. of this section, is in the best interest of said municipality, it may make application to the Local Finance Board setting forth such belief and the grounds therefor and requesting approval of a schedule of maturities for such qualified bonds set forth in the application. Within 60 days after submission to the Local Finance Board of such application, the Local Finance Board shall cause its approval to be endorsed thereon if it shall be satisfied, and shall record by resolution its findings, that the belief set forth in such application is well founded and that the issuance of the bonds pursuant to the revised maturity schedule in such application would not materially impair the credit of the municipality or substantially reduce its ability, during the ensuing 10 years, to pay punctually the principal of and interest on its debts and supply essential public improvements and services. If the Local Finance Board is not so satisfied, it shall cause its disapproval to be endorsed on such copy within said period of 60 days.
f. A municipality that has issued qualified bonds shall not be required to obtain the approval of the Local Finance Board prior to issuing any other bonds solely by reason of having previously issued qualified bonds, unless such approval is otherwise required by law.
L.1976, c.38, s.4; amended 1991, c.180, s.3; 2015, c.95, s.13.