2017 New Jersey Revised Statutes
TITLE 40A - MUNICIPALITIES AND COUNTIES
Section 40A:66-16 - Trustee to represent bond holders; powers.

40A:66-16 Trustee to represent bond holders; powers.

16. a. If the bond resolution of the municipal shared services energy authority authorizing or providing for the issuance of a series of its bonds shall provide in substance that the holders of the bonds of the series shall be entitled to the benefits of this section, then, in the event that there shall be a default in the payment of the principal of, or interest on, any bonds of the series after the bonds shall become due, whether at maturity or upon call for redemption, and the default shall continue for a period of 30 days, or in the event that the municipal shared services energy authority shall fail or refuse to comply with the provisions of P.L.2015, c.129 (C.40A:66-1 et al.) or shall fail or refuse to carry out and perform the terms of any contract with the holders of those bonds, and that failure or refusal shall continue for a period of 30 days after written notice to the municipal shared services energy authority of its existence and nature, the holders of 25 percent in aggregate principal amount of the bonds and the series then outstanding by instrument or instruments filed in the office of the Secretary of State and proved or acknowledged in the same manner as a deed to be recorded, may appoint a trustee to represent the holders of the bonds of the series for the purposes provided in this section.

b. The trustee, appointed pursuant to subsection a. of this section, may and upon written request of the holders of 25 percent in aggregate principal amount of the bonds of the series then outstanding shall, in the trustee's or its own name:

(1) by any action, writ, proceeding in lieu of prerogative writ, or other proceeding, enforce all rights of the holders of the bonds, including the right to require the municipal shared services energy authority to charge and collect service charges adequate to carry out any contract as to, or pledge of, system revenues, and to require the municipal shared services energy authority to carry out and perform the terms of any contract with the holders of the bonds or its duties under P.L.2015, c.129 (C.40A:66-1 et al.);

(2) bring an action upon all or any part of the bonds or interest coupons or claims appurtenant thereto;

(3) by action, require the municipal shared services energy authority to account as if it were the trustee of an express trust for the holders of the bonds;

(4) by action, enjoin any acts or things which may be unlawful or in violation of the rights of the holders of the bonds; and

(5) declare all the bonds due and payable, whether or not in advance of maturity, upon 30 days' prior notice in writing to the municipal shared services energy authority and, if all defaults shall be made good, then with the consent of the holders of 25 percent of the principal amount of the bonds then outstanding, annul the declaration and its consequences.

c. The trustee shall, in addition to the powers set forth in subsections a. and b. of this section, possess all of the powers necessary for the exercise of the functions specifically set forth herein or incident to the general representation of the holders of bonds of the series in the enforcement and protection of their rights.

d. In any action or proceeding by the trustee, the fees, counsel fees and expenses of the trustee and of the receiver, if any, appointed pursuant to P.L.2015, c.129 (C.40A:66-1 et al.), shall constitute taxable costs and disbursements, and all costs and disbursements, allowed by the court, shall be a first charge upon any service charges and system revenues of the municipal shared services energy authority pledged for the payment or security of bonds of the series.

L.2015, c.129, s.16.

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