2021 Wyoming Statutes
Title 21 - Education
Chapter 18 - Community Colleges
Article 3 - Community College Districts
Section 21-18-313 - Bond Issues; Revenue Bonds.
21-18-313. Bond issues; revenue bonds.
(a) The community college district board of any community college having a daytime enrollment of at least two hundred (200) students may issue negotiable coupon bonds of the community college for the purpose of acquiring, erecting, and equipping student dormitories, dining halls, and recreational facilities, and acquiring sites therefor.
(b) Except as otherwise provided bonds shall be payable solely out of a special fund to contain the net revenues to be derived from the operation of the dormitories, dining halls, and recreational facilities, the revenues being defined as those remaining after paying the cost of maintaining and operating the facilities. Bonds shall contain an irrevocable pledge of and lien on net revenues and are not general obligations of the districts issuing the bonds within the meaning of any constitutional or statutory provisions, and the face of each bond issued shall so state. Bonds shall not be secured by mortgage on property but the net income on such property may be pledged for the payment of principal and interest thereon. The governing board of said community college district may, by resolution, pledge and pay into the special fund any or all of the revenue of the district, excluding the revenue derived from ad valorem taxes and student fees paid as tuition, and including, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, all other fees, rates, and charges in any manner derived from the operation of the college district to the extent necessary to provide for the payment of principal and interest on the bonds authorized to be issued.
(c) Bonds shall be authorized by a resolution adopted by the community college district board, shall mature serially within a period not exceeding forty (40) years from their date and shall bear interest payable annually or semiannually. The resolution authorizing the issuance of the bonds shall provide the details thereof, including provisions for their disposition, payment and redemption. The resolution shall provide for the accumulation of net revenue for a reserve fund of not less than seven percent (7%) of bond proceeds in addition to any amounts accumulated under subsection (e) of this section, for the maintenance and repair and for facility obsolescence and depreciation of any building or facility to be constructed or otherwise acquired through the bond issue, and it shall contain other or further covenants and agreements as may be determined by the governing board for the protection of bondholders.
(d) Before issuing any revenue bonds, the governing board shall by resolution declare the purpose for which the proceeds of the bonds proposed to be issued shall be expended and shall specify the maximum amount of bonds to be issued or sold for that purpose. The governing board may not issue or sell bonds in an amount exceeding the specified maximum amount except with the consent of the bondholders and by amendment or modification of the indenture. The governing board may amend the resolution prior to the issuance of the bonds authorized thereby to increase or decrease the maximum amount of bonds to be issued or sold. The governing board may include in a single resolution or authorization the issuance of bonds for one (1) or more projects.
(e) The governing board of a community college district shall establish and collect charges and rentals for services and facilities furnished, acquired, constructed, or purchased from the proceeds of the bonds, sufficient to pay the principal or the interest on the bonds as they become due and payable, together with such additional sums as may be deemed necessary for accumulating a reserve pursuant to subsection (c) of this section, providing for obsolescence and depreciation and paying the expenses of operating and maintaining the facilities. The governing board shall establish all other charges, fees and rates to be derived from the operation of the facilities.
(f) The governing board of a community college district may insure against the loss of revenues from any cause. The proceeds of the insurance shall be used exclusively for the payment of bonds and the interest thereon. If loss of revenue is brought about as a result of the destruction of one (1) or more of the facilities constructed, acquired, or purchased from the proceeds of the bonds, then and in that event the proceeds of insurance may be used for the replacement of the facilities.
(g) The governing board of a community college district may enter into agreements and contracts with the United States government and any of its agencies for the construction and operation of facilities and revenue bonds to be issued therefor. The governing board of the community college may comply with conditions that the federal government may impose to secure the full benefits of federal statutes pertaining to loans or grants to educational institutions for housing and other facilities, all other provisions of this act to the contrary notwithstanding.
(h) Bonds issued pursuant to this act are eligible for investment by banking institutions and for estate, trust, and fiduciary funds, and the bonds and the interest thereon shall be exempt from taxation by this state and any subdivision thereof. The state treasurer of the state of Wyoming, with the approval of the governor and the attorney general, may invest any permanent state funds available for investment in the bonds to be issued hereunder.
(j) The governing board of a community college district has plenary powers and responsibility for the acquisition, construction, and completion of all projects authorized by the governing board by the resolution to issue revenue bonds.
(k) The governing board of a community college district may insure such facilities authorized by the governing board against public liability or property damage.
(m) The governing board may provide for the replacement of destroyed, lost, or mutilated bonds or coupons.
(n) All costs and expenses incident to the issuance and sale of the revenue bonds may be paid out of the proceeds of the sale of the bonds. Interest on bonds may be paid out of the proceeds of the sale of the bonds during the actual construction of any facilities for which the bonds were issued. Provision for the payment of interest under such circumstances shall be made in the indenture.
(o) Revenue bonds may be sold at either public or private sale. The community college district board may establish terms and conditions for the sale or other disposition of an authorized issue of bonds. The board may authorize, by resolution, the sale of bonds at less than their par or face value.
(p) The governing board may provide for the execution and authentication of revenue bonds by the manual, lithographed, or printed facsimile signature of officers of the governing board of the community college district if at least one (1) signature shall be manually inscribed.
(q) Revenue bonds are callable upon such terms, conditions, and notice as the governing board may determine and upon the payment of such premium as may be fixed by the board in the proceedings for the issuance of the bonds. No bond is subject to call or redemption prior to its fixed maturity date unless the right to exercise the call is expressly stated on the face of the bond.
(r) The community college district board may provide for the issuance, sale, or exchange of refunding bonds issued under the provisions authorizing the board to issue revenue bonds. All provisions of this act applicable to the issuance of revenue bonds by community college districts are applicable to the funding or refunding of revenue bonds and to the issuance, sale, or exchange thereof.
(s) The governing board of a community college district may issue funding or refunding bonds in a principal amount sufficient to provide funds for the payment of all bonds funded or refunded thereby, and in addition for the payment of all expenses incident to the calling, retiring, or paying of the outstanding bonds, and the issuance of the funding or refunding bonds.
(t) Any balance remaining in any fund established to pay the principal and interest on bonds after payment of all charges, costs and expenses authorized to be expended therefrom may be allocated and used for the acquisition, construction, equipping, and furnishing of buildings and sites for community college purposes.
(u) The obligation and liability of the community college district board, severally and individually, to the holders of the bonds is limited to applying proceeds of the special fund to the payment of principal and interest on the bonds and the bonds shall contain a provision to that effect. In the event of default in the payment of bonds or the interest thereon, and in the event that the board is misusing special funds or not using them as provided by this act, then the holders, or any of them, may bring suit against the board in the district court of the county wherein the community college is located for the purpose of restraining the board from using the funds for any purpose other than the payment of the principal and interest on the bonds as provided by this act.