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DIVISION 11.5. NORTH COUNTY TRANSIT DISTRICT [125000 - 125716]

  ( Heading of Division 11.5 amended by Stats. 2005, Ch. 150, Sec. 1. )

CHAPTER 6. Bonds and Other Evidences of Indebtedness [125700 - 125716]
  ( Chapter 6 added by Stats. 2003, Ch. 594, Sec. 8. )

125700.
  

The district may issue bonds, payable from revenue of any facility or enterprise to be acquired or constructed by the district, in the manner provided by the Revenue Bond Law of 1941 (Chapter 6 (commencing with Section 54300) of Part 1 of Division 2 of Title 5 of the Government Code), and all of the provisions of that law are applicable to the district.

(Amended by Stats. 2005, Ch. 150, Sec. 40. Effective January 1, 2006.)

125701.
  

The district is a local agency within the meaning of the Revenue Bond Law of 1941 (Chapter 6 (commencing with Section 54300) of Part 1 of Division 2 of Title 5 of the Government Code). The term “enterprise,” as used in the Revenue Bond Law of 1941, for all purposes of this chapter, includes the transit system or any or all transit facilities and all additions, extensions, and improvements thereto authorized to be acquired, constructed, or completed by the district.

The district may issue revenue bonds under the Revenue Bond Law of 1941 for any one or more transit facilities authorized to be acquired, constructed, or completed by the district or for transit equipment described in Section 125702 authorized to be acquired by the district or, in the alternative, the district may issue revenue bonds under the Revenue Bond Law of 1941 for the acquisition, construction, and completion of any one of those transit facilities or for transit equipment described in Section 125702 authorized to be acquired by the district.

Nothing in this chapter prohibits the district from availing itself of, or making use of, any procedure provided in this chapter for the issuance of bonds of any type or character for any of the transit facilities authorized hereunder, and all proceedings may be carried on simultaneously or, in the alternative, as the district may determine.

(Amended by Stats. 2005, Ch. 150, Sec. 41. Effective January 1, 2006.)

125702.
  

The district may purchase transit equipment such as cars, trolley buses, motorbuses, light rail vehicles, or rolling equipment, and may execute agreements, leases, and equipment trust certificates in the forms customarily used by private corporations engaged in the transit business appropriate to effect the purchase and leasing of transit equipment, and may dispose of the equipment trust certificates upon the terms and conditions that the district may deem appropriate.

Payment for transit equipment, or rentals therefor, may be made in installments, and the deferred installments may be evidenced by equipment trust certificates that are or will be legally available to the district. Title to the equipment may not vest in the district until the equipment trust certificates are paid.

(Amended by Stats. 2005, Ch. 150, Sec. 42. Effective January 1, 2006.)

125703.
  

The agreement to purchase or lease transit equipment may direct the vendor or lessor to sell and assign or lease the transit equipment to a bank or trust company duly authorized to transact business in the state as trustee for the benefit and security of the equipment trust certificates, and may direct the trustee to deliver the transit equipment to one or more designated officers of the district and may authorize the district to simultaneously therewith execute and deliver an installment purchase agreement or a lease of that equipment to the district.

(Amended by Stats. 2005, Ch. 150, Sec. 43. Effective January 1, 2006.)

125704.
  

The agreements and leases shall be duly acknowledged before a person authorized by law to take acknowledgments of deeds and in the form required for acknowledgment of deeds.

The agreements, leases, and equipment trust certificates shall be authorized by resolution of the board and shall contain covenants, conditions, and provisions that may be deemed necessary or appropriate to insure the payment of the equipment trust certificates from any legally available source or sources of funds as may be specified in the certificates.

(Added by Stats. 2003, Ch. 594, Sec. 8. Effective January 1, 2004.)

125705.
  

The covenants, conditions, and provisions of the agreements, leases, and equipment trust certificates may not conflict with any trust agreement or similar document securing the payment of bonds, notes, or certificates of the district.

(Amended by Stats. 2005, Ch. 150, Sec. 44. Effective January 1, 2006.)

125706.
  

An executed copy of each agreement and lease shall be filed in the office of the Secretary of State, for a fee of one dollar ($1) for each copy filed.

The filing constitutes notice to any subsequent judgment creditor or any subsequent purchaser.

(Added by Stats. 2003, Ch. 594, Sec. 8. Effective January 1, 2004.)

125707.
  

The Improvement Act of 1911 (Division 7 (commencing with Section 5000) of the Streets and Highways Code), the Improvement Bond Act of 1915 (Division 10 (commencing with Section 8500) of the Streets and Highways Code), and the Municipal Improvement Act of 1913 (Division 12 (commencing with Section 10000) of the Streets and Highways Code), are applicable to the district.

(Amended by Stats. 2005, Ch. 150, Sec. 45. Effective January 1, 2006.)

125708.
  

Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 99000) of Part 11 of Division 10 is applicable to the district.

(Amended by Stats. 2005, Ch. 150, Sec. 46. Effective January 1, 2006.)

125709.
  

The district shall be considered a “local agency,” as defined in subdivision (h) of Section 53317 of the Government Code, and the provisions of Chapter 2.5 (commencing with Section 53311) of Part 1 of Division 2 of Title 5 of the Government Code are applicable to the district.

(Amended by Stats. 2005, Ch. 150, Sec. 47. Effective January 1, 2006.)

125710.
  

The district shall be considered to be a “local agency” as defined in subdivision (f) of Section 6585 of the Government Code, and Article 4 (commencing with Section 6584) of Chapter 5 of Division 7 of Title 1 of the Government Code is applicable to the district.

(Amended by Stats. 2005, Ch. 150, Sec. 48. Effective January 1, 2006.)

125711.
  

The district may borrow money in accordance with Article 7 (commencing with Section 53820), Article 7.6 (commencing with Section 53850), or Article 7.7 (commencing with Section 53859) of Chapter 4 of Part 1 of Division 2 of Title 5 of the Government Code.

(Amended by Stats. 2005, Ch. 150, Sec. 49. Effective January 1, 2006.)

125712.
  

The district may borrow money in anticipation of the sale of bonds that have been authorized to be issued, but that have not been sold and delivered, and may issue negotiable bond anticipation notes therefor, and may renew the bond anticipation notes from time to time, but the maximum maturity of any bond application notes, including the renewals thereof, may not exceed five years from the date of delivery of the original bond anticipation notes.

The bond anticipation notes may be paid from any money of the district available therefor and not otherwise pledged. If not previously otherwise paid, the bond anticipation notes shall be paid from the proceeds of the next sale of the bonds of the district in anticipation of which they were issued. The bond anticipation notes may not be issued in any amount in excess of the aggregate amount of bonds that the district has not been authorized to issue, less the amount of any bonds of the authorized issue previously sold, and also less the amount of other bond anticipation notes therefor issued and then outstanding.

The bond anticipation notes shall be issued and sold in the same manner as the bonds. The bond anticipation notes and the resolution or resolutions authorizing them may contain any provisions, conditions, or limitations that a resolution of the board of the district authorizing the issuance of bonds may contain.

(Amended by Stats. 2005, Ch. 150, Sec. 50. Effective January 1, 2006.)

125713.
  

The district may issue negotiable promissory notes pursuant to this section to acquire funds for any district purposes. The maturity of the promissory notes may not be later than five years from the date thereof. Those notes shall bear interest at a rate not to exceed 12 percent per year. Those notes shall be payable from any source of revenue available to the district.

(Amended by Stats. 2005, Ch. 150, Sec. 51. Effective January 1, 2006.)

125714.
  

The district may bring an action to determine the validity of any of its bonds, equipment trust certificates, warrants, notes, or other evidences of indebtedness pursuant to Chapter 9 (commencing with Section 860) of Title 10 of Part 2 of the Code of Civil Procedure.

(Amended by Stats. 2005, Ch. 150, Sec. 52. Effective January 1, 2006.)

125715.
  

All bonds and other evidences of indebtedness issued by the district under this chapter, and the interest thereon, are free and exempt from all taxation within the state, except for transfer, franchise, inheritance, and estate taxes.

(Amended by Stats. 2005, Ch. 150, Sec. 53. Effective January 1, 2006.)

125716.
  

Notwithstanding any other provisions of this division or of any other law, the provisions of all ordinances, resolutions, and other proceedings in the issuance by the district of any bonds, bonds with a pledge of revenues, bonds for any and all evidences of indebtedness or liability constitute a contract between the district and the holders of the bonds, equipment trust certificates, notes, or evidences of indebtedness or liability, and the provisions thereof are enforceable against the district or any or all of its successors or assigns, by mandamus or any other appropriate suit, action, or proceeding in law or in equity in any court of competent jurisdiction.

Nothing in this division or in any other law relieves the district or the territory included within it from any bonded or other debt or liability contracted by the district. Upon dissolution of the district or upon withdrawal of territory therefrom, that territory formerly included within the district, or withdrawn therefrom, shall continue to be liable for the payment of all bonded and other indebtedness or liabilities outstanding at the time of the dissolution or withdrawal as if the district had not been so dissolved or the territory withdrawn therefrom, and it shall be the duty of the successors or assigns to provide for the payment of the bonded and other indebtedness and liabilities.

Except as may be otherwise provided in the proceedings for the authorization, issuance, and sale of any revenue bonds, bonds secured by a pledge of revenues, or bonds for improvement districts secured by a pledge of revenues, revenues of any kind or nature derived from any revenue-producing improvements, works, facilities, or property owned, operated, or controlled by the district shall be pledged, charged, assigned, and have a lien thereon for the payment of the bonds as long as they are outstanding, regardless of any change in ownership, operation, or control of the revenue-producing improvements, works, facilities, or property and it shall, in any later event or events, be the duty of the successors or assigns to continue to maintain and operate the revenue-producing improvements, works, facilities, or property as long as bonds are outstanding.

(Amended by Stats. 2005, Ch. 150, Sec. 54. Effective January 1, 2006.)

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