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The 2023 Florida Statutes (including Special Session C)

Title XI
Chapter 159
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F.S. 159.825
159.825 Terms of bonds.
(1) The ordinance, resolution, indenture, agreement, or other instrument providing for the issuance of taxable bonds may provide for any of the following:
(a) The bonds shall be in such denominations, in such form, either bearer or registered, and payable at such place or places, either within or without the United States, at such time or times, as, in each case, the governing body shall determine subject to any limitations on the maturity of bonds set forth in the statutes under authority of which the bonds are issued.
(b) The bonds shall be payable in legal tender of the United States, in a foreign currency, in commodities, or in precious metals, as the governing body shall determine.
(c) The governing body may appoint, in connection with the bond issue, a cotrustee located outside of the boundaries of the United States or its territories or possessions so long as it shall also appoint a trustee otherwise meeting the requirements of the statutes under authority of which the bonds are issued. The governing body may appoint, in connection with the bond issue, a paying agent or a copaying agent located outside the boundaries of the United States or its territories or possessions.
(d) Bonds shall bear interest at a rate not to exceed an average net interest cost rate, which shall be computed by adding 500 basis points to the 30-year Treasury Bond yield published in The Bond Buyer immediately preceding the first day of the calendar month in which the bonds are sold. If the interest rate on bonds bearing a floating or variable rate of interest as calculated on the date of the initial sale thereof does not exceed the limitation provided by this paragraph, so long as the basis, method, or formula for computing the floating or variable rate does not change during the life of the bonds, subsequent increases in the interest rate in accordance with said basis, method, or formula shall not cause the interest rate on the bonds to violate the limitation provided by this paragraph. A certificate by the issuer of the bonds as to the computation of the interest rate in compliance with this requirement shall be deemed conclusive evidence of compliance with the provisions of this paragraph. Such maximum rate does not apply to bonds rated by a nationally recognized rating service in any one of the three highest classifications, which rating services and classifications are determined pursuant to rules adopted by the State Board of Administration.
(e) Upon the request of and application by a governmental unit, the State Board of Administration may authorize, for a specific issue or reissue of bonds, a rate of interest in excess of the maximum rate prescribed in paragraph (d). The governmental unit shall provide in its application:
1. Relevant supporting data which shall include, but not be limited to:
a. The official statement or prospectus, if available, or similar information relating to the sale of the bonds;
b. The resolution or ordinance authorizing the issuance of the bonds;
c. Financial data relating to anticipated revenue, debt service, and coverage; and
d. The most recent financial statement of the governmental unit.
2. Information relating to sale of the bonds, including the amount of the discount, if any. In making the determination to exceed the maximum interest rate, the State Board of Administration shall consider, but not be limited to considering, comparable sales of other taxable bonds of other governmental units and evidence that the objectives and intent of the issuing of such bonds will be realized. This subparagraph does not apply to:
a. Bonds which have been sold prior to June 30, 1987, and which are delivered pursuant to said sale on or after June 30, 1987.
b. Bonds issued to finance projects under part II, part III, or part V of this chapter or health facilities under part III of chapter 154.
c. Limit or restrict the rate of interest on bonds or other obligations of municipal utilities or agencies thereof issued or made pursuant to authority provided in part II of chapter 166 and s. 215.431.
(f) In connection with, or incidental to, the sale and issuance of bonds, the governmental unit may enter into any contracts which the governing body determines to be necessary or appropriate to achieve a desirable effective interest rate in connection with the bonds by means of, but not limited to, contracts commonly known as investment contracts, funding agreements, interest rate swap agreements, currency swap agreements, forward payment conversion agreements, futures, or contracts providing for payments based on levels of or changes in interest rates, or contracts to exchange cash flows or a series of payments, or contracts, including, without limitation, options, puts, or calls to hedge payment, rate, spread, or similar exposure. Such contracts or arrangements may also be entered into by governmental units in connection with, or incidental to, entering into any agreement which secures bonds or provides liquidity therefor. Such contracts and arrangements shall be made upon the terms and conditions established by the governing body, after giving due consideration for the credit worthiness of the counterparties, where applicable, including any rating by a nationally recognized rating service or any other criteria as may be appropriate.
(g) In connection with, or incidental to, the sale and issuance of the bonds, or entering into any of the contracts or arrangements referred to in paragraph (f), the governmental unit may enter into such credit enhancement or liquidity agreements, with such payment, interest rate, security, default, remedy, and other terms and conditions as the governing body shall determine.
(h) Notwithstanding any provisions of state law relating to the investment or reinvestment of surplus funds of any governmental unit, proceeds of the bonds and any moneys set aside or pledged to secure payment of the principal of, premium, if any, and interest on the bonds, or any of the contracts entered into pursuant to paragraph (f), may be invested in securities or obligations described in the ordinance or resolution providing for the issuance of the bonds.
(2) The State Board of Administration may adopt rules as it deems necessary to carry out the provisions of this section relating to interest rate waivers for the sale of taxable bonds.
History.s. 1, ch. 87-237; s. 7, ch. 98-47; s. 2, ch. 98-124; s. 44, ch. 2012-116.