A. The authority may provide financial assistance to political subdivisions, special districts and Indian tribes in developing, acquiring, constructing, improving, equipping or refinancing infrastructure. The financial assistance shall include:
Terms Used In Arizona Laws 41-2257
- Assets: (1) The property comprising the estate of a deceased person, or (2) the property in a trust account.
- Authority: means the greater Arizona development authority. See Arizona Laws 41-2251
- Board: means the board of directors of the Arizona finance authority established by chapter 53, article 2 of this title. See Arizona Laws 41-2251
- Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
- Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
- Financial assistance: means assistance provided by the authority to eligible political subdivisions, special districts and Indian tribes pursuant to section 41-2257. See Arizona Laws 41-2251
- Fund: means the greater Arizona development authority revolving fund established by section 41-2254. See Arizona Laws 41-2251
- Indian tribe: means any Indian tribe, band, group or community that is recognized by the United States secretary of the interior and that exercises governmental authority within the limits of any Indian reservation under the jurisdiction of the United States government, notwithstanding the issuance of any patent and including rights-of-way running through the reservation. See Arizona Laws 41-2251
- Infrastructure: means any land, building or other improvement and equipment or other personal property that will make up part of a facility that is located in this state for public use and that is owned by a political subdivision, special district or Indian tribe that retains ultimate responsibility for its operation and maintenance. See Arizona Laws 41-2251
- Lease: A contract transferring the use of property or occupancy of land, space, structures, or equipment in consideration of a payment (e.g., rent). Source: OCC
- Loan: means bonds, leases, loans or other evidences of indebtedness. See Arizona Laws 41-2251
- Loan repayment agreement: means an agreement to repay a loan entered into by a political subdivision, special district or Indian tribe. See Arizona Laws 41-2251
- Obligation: An order placed, contract awarded, service received, or similar transaction during a given period that will require payments during the same or a future period.
- Pledged revenues: means any monies to be received by a political subdivision, special district or Indian tribe, including property taxes, other local taxes, fees, assessments or charges pledged by a political subdivision, special district or Indian tribe as a source for repayment of a loan repayment agreement. See Arizona Laws 41-2251
- Political subdivision: means a county, city or town. See Arizona Laws 41-2251
- Population: means the population according to the most recent United States decennial census. See Arizona Laws 1-215
- Special district: means any of the following entities established pursuant to title 48:
(a) Municipal improvement district. See Arizona Laws 41-2251
1. Loans as provided in this section.
2. Credit enhancements purchased for a political subdivision‘s, special district‘s or Indian tribe‘s bonds or other forms of indebtedness.
B. A loan shall be evidenced by a loan repayment agreement, lease purchase agreement or bonds of a political subdivision, special district or Indian tribe that are delivered to and held by the authority.
C. The authority shall prescribe a principal repayment schedule for each loan made. Loan principal payments may be rescheduled at the discretion of the authority but may not be forgiven.
D. A loan under this section:
1. Shall be repaid not more than thirty years after the date it is incurred.
2. Shall require that interest payments begin not later than the next date that either principal or interest must be paid by the authority to holders of any of the authority’s bonds that provided funding for the loan. The authority may provide that loan interest accruing during construction of the borrower’s infrastructure project and up to one year after completion of the construction be capitalized in the loan.
3. Shall be repayable in at least annual principal installments and at least semiannual interest installments.
4. Shall be conditioned on the identification of pledged revenues for repaying the loan. If the infrastructure financed by the loan is part of a municipal utility and the city or town pledges revenues of the utility to repay the loan, the loan shall be treated under section 9-530, subsection B as a lawful long-term obligation incurred for a specific capital purpose.
5. To the extent permitted by law, shall be secured by a debt service reserve account that is held in trust and that is in such amount, if any, as determined by the authority.
6. Shall be either:
(a) For a political subdivision, additionally secured by an irrevocable pledge of the shared state revenues due the political subdivision for the life of the loan as provided by a resolution of the board.
(b) For an Indian tribe, conditioned on the establishment of a dedicated revenue source under the control of a tribally chartered corporation or other tribal entity that is subject to suit by the attorney general to enforce the loan contract or be secured by assets that, in the event of default of the loan contract, are subject to execution by the attorney general.
E. The authority shall prescribe the rate or rates of interest on loans made under this section, but the rate or rates shall not exceed the prevailing market rate for similar types of loans. A political subdivision or special district may negotiate the sale of its bonds to or a loan repayment agreement with the authority without complying with any public or accelerated bidding requirements imposed by any other law for the sale of its bonds.
F. The approval of a loan is conditioned on a written commitment by the political subdivision or special district to complete all applicable reviews and approvals and to secure all required permits in a timely manner.
G. The approval of financial assistance to a city or town having a population of more than fifty thousand persons shall be conditioned on approval of its voters. An election is not required if voter approval has previously been received for substantially the same project.
H. The approval of financial assistance to a county having a population of more than two hundred thousand persons shall be conditioned on approval of its voters. An election is not required if voter approval has previously been received for substantially the same project.
I. By resolution of the board, the authority may impose any additional requirements it considers necessary to ensure that the loan principal and interest are timely paid.
J. All monies received from political subdivisions, special districts and Indian tribes as loan repayments, interest and penalties shall be deposited, pursuant to sections 35-146 and 35-147, in the fund.
K. The attorney general may take whatever actions are necessary to enforce the loan contract and achieve repayment of loans provided by the authority pursuant to this article.
L. If a political subdivision fails to make any payment due to the authority under its loan repayment agreement or bonds, the authority shall certify to the state treasurer and notify the governing body of the defaulting political subdivision that the political subdivision has failed to make the required payment and direct a withholding of state shared revenues as provided in subsection M of this section. The certificate of default shall be in the form determined by the authority, provided the certificate specifies the amount required to satisfy the unpaid payment obligation of the political subdivision.
M. On receipt of a certificate of default from the authority, the state treasurer, to the extent not otherwise expressly prohibited by law, shall withhold the monies from the next succeeding distribution of monies pursuant to section 42-5029 due to the defaulting political subdivision. In the case of a city or town, the state treasurer shall also withhold from the next succeeding distribution of monies pursuant to section 43-206 due to the defaulting city or town the amount specified in the certificate of default and immediately deposit the amount withheld in the fund. The state treasurer shall continue to withhold and deposit the monies until the authority certifies to the state treasurer that the default has been cured. In no event shall the state treasurer withhold any amount that is necessary, as certified by the defaulting political subdivision to the state treasurer and the authority, to make any required deposits then due for the payment of principal and interest on bonds of the political subdivision that were issued prior to the date of the loan repayment agreement or bonds and that have been secured by a pledge of distributions made pursuant to sections 42-5029 and 43-206.