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DIVISION 10. TRANSIT DISTRICTS [24501 - 107025]

  ( Division 10 repealed and added by Stats. 1955, Ch. 1036. )

PART 3. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA RAPID TRANSIT DISTRICT [30000 - 33021]

  ( Part 3 added by Stats. 1964, 1st Ex. Sess., Ch. 62. )

CHAPTER 5. Powers and Functions of District [30500 - 30756]

  ( Chapter 5 added by Stats. 1964, 1st Ex. Sess., Ch. 62. )

ARTICLE 7. Indebtedness [30700 - 30706]
  ( Article 7 added by Stats. 1964, 1st Ex. Sess., Ch. 62. )

30700.
  

The district may issue any bonds, borrow money and incur indebtedness as authorized by law or in this part provided.

(Amended by Stats. 1967, Ch. 1215.)

30701.
  

The district may accept contributions or loans from the United States, or any department, instrumentality, or agency thereof, for the purpose of financing the acquisition, construction, development, joint development, maintenance, and operation of transit facilities, and may enter into contracts and cooperate with, and accept cooperation from, the United States, or any department, instrumentality, or agency thereof, in the acquisition, construction, development, joint development, maintenance, and operation of any transit facilities in accordance with any legislation which Congress may have adopted or may hereafter adopt, under which aid, assistance, and cooperation may be furnished by the United States in the acquisition, construction, development, joint development, maintenance, and operation or in financing the acquisition, construction, development, joint development, maintenance, and operation of any transit facilities. The district may do any and all things necessary, within the limitations imposed by this part or by any indebtedness created pursuant to this part, in order to avail itself of the aid, assistance, and cooperation under any federal legislation now or hereafter enacted. Any bonds, notes, equipment trust certificates, or like evidences of indebtedness issued for a purpose authorized by this section shall be issued in accordance with Chapter 7 (commencing with Section 30900).

(Amended by Stats. 1983, Ch. 497, Sec. 12.)

30702.
  

The district may cooperate with and enter into agreements with the State of California or any public agency for the acquisition, construction, development, joint development, completion, maintenance, operation, or repair, joint or otherwise, and in whole or in part, of transit facilities. In connection with any such cooperation or contract, the state or any public agency may make public contributions to the district as in the judgment of the Legislature, or the governing board of the agency, are necessary or proper for its undertaking, and the district may reimburse the state or public agency for any advance or contribution from the proceeds of the sale of bonds or any other funds available to the district. The state or any public agency may also authorize, aid, and assist the district to carry out any activity which the state or public agency is authorized to perform and carry out on its own behalf. Any bonds, notes, equipment trust certificates, or like evidences of indebtedness issued for a purpose authorized by this section shall be issued in accordance with Chapter 7 (commencing with Section 30900).

(Amended by Stats. 1983, Ch. 497, Sec. 13.)

30703.
  

The district may accept contributions or loans from the State of California or any public agency, for the purpose of planning, acquiring, constructing, developing, jointly developing, operating, or maintaining a rapid transit system, including, without limitation, the payment of principal and interest and providing security funds for bonds or notes of the district issued for any of those purposes, and may enter into contracts and cooperate with, and accept cooperation from, the state or any public agency therefor. The district is a public rapid transit district, rapid transit district, or any other type of public agency which is authorized by any other law to receive those contributions, loans, or cooperation, including, without limitation, Sections 11005.1 and 11104 of the Revenue and Taxation Code. The district may do any and all things necessary, within the limitations imposed by this part or by any indebtedness created pursuant to this part, in order to avail itself of those contributions, loans, or cooperation.

(Amended by Stats. 1983, Ch. 497, Sec. 14.)

30703.1.
  

The district may make an irrevocable pledge or contract in connection with the payment of the principal and the interest, sinking or reserve funds, or other obligation of any bonded indebtedness created under this part of any transit funds or other continuing or annual appropriations, contributions, grants, or loans by the United States or any department, instrumentality, or agency thereof, the State of California, a county, a city, or any other public agency, or any other individual or entity, public or private, pursuant to law or this article. The irrevocability of any pledge or contract hereunder shall be binding on the district to the full extent authorized or permitted by the laws governing or applicable to the source of those transit funds, appropriations, contributions, grants, or loans, or by this article. This article shall include, but not be limited to, appropriations or other funds authorized or allocated under Chapter 138 of the Statutes of 1964, First Extraordinary Session, and Chapter 155 of the Statutes of 1966, First Extraordinary Session, or as they may hereafter be amended.

No transit funds, appropriations, contributions, grants, or loans received by the district shall be pledged or by contract be obligated to the payment of any district bonded indebtedness or the principal, interest, sinking or reserve fund payments of that indebtedness unless the pledge or contract is authorized or permitted by the laws governing or applicable to those transit funds, appropriations, contributions, grants, or loans including any official action that may be required of any federal, state, local, or public agency, or any other individual or entity, public or private, and, in the case of incurring indebtedness by the issuance of bonds, the proposition has been approved by 60 percent of those qualified electors of the district voting on the proposition to create the indebtedness at an election called for that purpose pursuant to this part. A vote in favor of the issuance of the bonds shall authorize the use of those transit funds, appropriations, contributions, grants, or loans for those purposes and no other or further elections need be held to authorize the board to collect or provide for the collection of and to make that use of those funds or moneys. The authority to use those funds or moneys shall continue until the bonds and the interest thereon are paid or until a fund sufficient for the payment thereof or of the redemption thereof prior to maturity, with any premiums required therefor, has been created and set aside for that purpose.

“Transit funds,” as used in this part, means any funds or moneys payable to or received by the district from any California transit funds or any funds which the United States or any department, instrumentality, or agency thereof, the State of California, a county, a city, or any other public agency, or any other individual or entity, public or private, has or is authorized by any law or by official action thereunder to appropriate, contribute, grant, or loan to the district to be used for the payment of any indebtedness, including, but not limited to, any bonded indebtedness of the district in accordance with this part or any other law.

(Amended by Stats. 1983, Ch. 497, Sec. 15.)

30703.2.
  

To the extent permitted by the law governing the source of any transit funds, appropriations, contributions, grants or loans received pursuant to this article or under any other law or otherwise, such funds or moneys may also be used to pay construction costs directly and reduce expenditures to be financed from bonds of the district, and in such event, the total amount of the bonds approved by the voters may be reduced to the extent that such transit funds, appropriations, contributions, grants or loans are so applied directly to construction costs.

(Added by Stats. 1967, Ch. 1215.)

30704.
  

The district shall not incur an indebtedness which exceeds in the aggregate 15 percent of the assessed value of all real and personal property in the district. Within the meaning of this section, “indebtedness” includes, without limitation, any and all forms thereof which the district is authorized to issue by this part or by any other law.

(Added by Stats. 1964, 1st Ex. Sess., Ch. 62.)

30705.
  

The district may also refund any indebtedness as provided in this part or in any other applicable law. The board may provide for the issuance, sale or exchange of refunding bonds to redeem or retire any bonds issued by the district upon the terms, at the times and in the manner which it determines. Refunding bonds may be issued in a principal amount sufficient to pay all or any part of the principal of any bonds outstanding, the interest thereon and the premiums, if any, due upon call and redemption thereof prior to maturity and all expenses of such refunding. The provisions of this part for issuance and sale of any bonds apply to the issuance and sale of such refunding bonds; except that (i) the issuance of refunding bonds shall be approved by 60 percent of the votes cast by the qualified electors of the district voting at an election called and held for that purpose except that an election is not required if the refunding is by the same type of bonds and payable from the same sources, and (ii) when refunding bonds are to be exchanged for any bonds outstanding the methods of exchange shall be as determined by the board.

(Added by Stats. 1967, Ch. 1215.)

30706.
  

Unless the context otherwise requires, the definitions of the following terms shall apply to indebtedness under this part:

(a) “Any bond” or “any bonded indebtedness” means bonds or indebtedness of any kind or nature issued or authorized, respectively, pursuant to Chapter 7 (commencing with Section 30900).

(b) “Bond” means the bond authorized pursuant to Article 1 (commencing with Section 30900) of Chapter 7.

(c) “Limited tax bond” means the bond issued pursuant to Article 1.5 (commencing with Section 30920) of Chapter 7.

(d) “Revenue bond” means the bond issued pursuant to Article 2 (commencing with Section 30930) of Chapter 7.

(e) “Improvement district bond” means the bond issued pursuant to Article 5 (commencing with Section 30960) of Chapter 7.

(f) “Revenues” means any funds of the district, including transit funds other than property taxes levied under Section 30802 and special taxes levied under Section 30820.

(Amended by Stats. 1984, Ch. 144, Sec. 185.)

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