A. A municipality may issue revenue bonds from time to time in its discretion, to finance the undertaking of any project authorized by the Redevelopment Bonding Law [3-60A-26 through 3-60A-46 NMSA 1978] or the exercise of any power or authority delegated under the Metropolitan Redevelopment Code [3-60A-1 through 3-60A-13, 3-60A-14 through 3-60A-48 NMSA 1978]. These bonds shall be made payable, as to both principal and interest, solely from the income, proceeds, revenues and funds of the project or projects.
B. Bonds issued under this section shall not constitute an indebtedness within the meaning of any constitutional or statutory debt limitation or restriction, and shall not be subject to the provisions of any other law or charter relating to the authorization, issuance or sale of bonds. Bonds issued under the provisions of the Metropolitan Redevelopment Code are declared to be issued for an essential public and governmental purpose and, together with interest thereon and income thereon and income therefrom, shall be exempted from all taxes by the state of New Mexico.
C. Bonds issued under this section must be authorized by resolution of the local governing body, such bonds may be issued in one or more series and shall bear a date or dates; be payable upon demand or mature at a time or times; bear interest at a rate or rates, not exceeding the legally authorized rate; be in a denomination or denominations; be in a form, either coupon or registered; carry conversion or registration privileges; have rank or priority; be executed in a manner; be payable in a medium of payment; at a place or places; be subject to the terms of redemption, with or without premium; be secured in a manner; and have the other characteristics, as may be provided by the resolution or trust indenture or mortgage issued pursuant thereto.
D. The bonds or any portion thereof may be sold at not less than par at public sales held after notice published prior to the sale in a newspaper having a general circulation in the area of operation and in any other medium of publication as the municipality may determine or may be exchanged for other bonds on the basis of par; provided, that the bonds may be sold to the federal government or to the state at private sale at not less than par, and, in the event less than all of the authorized principal amount of the bonds is sold to the federal government or to the state or to political subdivisions thereof, the balance may be sold at private sale at not less than par at an interest cost to the municipality of not to exceed the interest cost to the municipality of the portion of the bonds sold to the federal government.
E. In case any of the public officials of the municipality whose signatures appear on any bonds or coupons issued under the Redevelopment Law [3-60A-5 through 3-60A-13, 3-60A-14 through 3-60A-18 NMSA 1978] shall cease to be public officials before the delivery of the bonds, the signatures shall, nevertheless, be valid and sufficient for all purposes, the same as if the officials had remained in office until delivery. Any provision of any law to the contrary notwithstanding, any bonds issued pursuant to the Redevelopment Law shall be fully negotiable.
F. In any suit, action or proceeding involving the validity or enforceability of any bond issued under the Redevelopment Law or the security therefor, any bond reciting in substance that it has been issued by the municipality in connection with a metropolitan redevelopment project shall be conclusively deemed to have been issued for such purpose and the project shall be conclusively deemed to have been planned, located and carried out in accordance with the provisions of the Redevelopment Law.
History: Laws 1979, ch. 391, § 29.