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S1236......................................................by STATE AFFAIRS
SCHOOL DISTRICTS - BONDS - Adds to and amends existing law to provide for
state guarantee of repayment of school bonds.
02/23 Senate intro - 1st rdg - to printing
02/24 Rpt prt - to St Aff
03/02 Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg
03/03 2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg
03/08 3rd rdg - PASSED - 30-1-4
AYES--Andreason, Boatright, Branch, Bunderson, Burtenshaw, Cameron,
Crow, Danielson, Darrington, Davis, Deide, Dunklin, Frasure, Geddes,
Ingram, Ipsen, Keough, King, McLaughlin, Noh, Richardson, Riggs,
Risch, Sandy, Schroeder, Stegner, Stennett, Thorne, Wheeler,
Absent and excused--Hawkins, Parry, Sorensen, Twiggs
Floor Sponsor - Sandy
Title apvd - to House
03/09 House intro - 1st rdg - to Educ
03/15 Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg
03/16 2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg
03/18 3rd rdg - PASSED - 62-7-1
AYES -- Alltus, Barraclough, Bell, Bieter, Black, Boe, Bruneel,
Callister, Campbell, Chase, Clark, Cuddy, Deal, Denney, Ellsworth,
Field(13), Gagner, Gould, Hadley, Hammond, Hansen(23), Hansen(29),
Henbest, Hornbeck, Jaquet, Jones, Judd, Kellogg, Kempton, Kunz, Lake,
Limbaugh, Linford, Loertscher, Mader, Marley, Meyer(Duncan),
Mortensen, Moyle, Pischner, Pomeroy, Reynolds, Ridinger, Ringo,
Robison, Sali, Schaefer, Sellman, Smith, Smylie, Stevenson,
Stoicheff, Stone, Taylor, Tilman, Tippets, Trail, Watson, Wheeler,
Williams, Zimmermann, Mr Speaker
NAYS -- Barrett, Crow, Field(20), Geddes, Kendell, McKague, Wood
Absent and excused -- Montgomery
Floor Sponsor - Smith
Title apvd - to Senate
03/19 To enrol - rpt enrol - Pres signed
03/22 Sp signed
03/23 To Governor
03/24 Governor signed
Session Law Chapter 328
|||| LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ||||
Fifty-fifth Legislature First Regular Session - 1999
IN THE SENATE
SENATE BILL NO. 1236
BY STATE AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
1 AN ACT
2 RELATING TO THE STATE GUARANTEEING SCHOOL DISTRICT BONDS; AMENDING TITLE 33,
3 IDAHO CODE, BY THE ADDITION OF A NEW CHAPTER 53, TITLE 33, IDAHO CODE, TO
4 PROVIDE A SHORT TITLE, TO DEFINE TERMS, TO PROVIDE FOR THE STATE'S GUARAN-
5 TEE OF BONDS, TO PROVIDE PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY AND THE OPTION TO FOREGO
6 GUARANTY, TO PROVIDE FOR MONITORING OF FINANCIAL SOLVENCY AND TO PROVIDE
7 THAT THE STATE TREASURER SHALL MONITOR THE FISCAL SOLVENCY OF SCHOOL DIS-
8 TRICTS, TO PROVIDE FOR NOTICE BY THE PAYING AGENT TO THE STATE TREASURER,
9 TO PROVIDE FOR A STATE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE INTERCEPT MECHANISM AND TO
10 PROVIDE FOR INTEREST AND PENALTY PROVISIONS, TO PROVIDE FOR BACKUP LIQUID-
11 ITY ARRANGEMENTS AND ISSUANCE OF NOTES, TO PROVIDE UNLIMITED SALES TAX
12 ACCOUNT PLEDGE TO LOAN FUNDS AND TO PROVIDE DUTIES OF THE STATE TAX COM-
13 MISSION, AND TO PROVIDE WHEN THE CREDIT ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM FOR SCHOOL
14 DISTRICT BONDS WILL TAKE EFFECT; AMENDING SECTION 63-3638, IDAHO CODE, TO
15 PROVIDE FOR THE REMITTANCE OF MONEYS FROM THE SALES TAX ACCOUNT UPON CER-
16 TAIN FACTORS OCCURRING; AMENDING CHAPTER 7, TITLE 57, IDAHO CODE, BY THE
17 ADDITION OF A NEW SECTION 57-728, IDAHO CODE, TO PROVIDE A CREDIT ENHANCE-
18 MENT PROGRAM FOR SCHOOL DISTRICT BONDS BY THE ENDOWMENT FUND INVESTMENT
19 BOARD; AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.
20 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
21 SECTION 1. That Title 33, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby amended
22 by the addition thereto of a NEW CHAPTER , to be known and desig-
23 nated as Chapter 53, Title 33, Idaho Code, and to read as follows:
24 CHAPTER 53
25 IDAHO SCHOOL BOND GUARANTY ACT
26 33-5301. TITLE. This chapter shall be known as the "Idaho School Bond
27 Guaranty Act."
28 33-5302. DEFINITIONS. (1) "Board" means the board of trustees of a
29 school district, including a specially chartered district, existing now or
30 later under the laws of the state.
31 (2) "Bond" means any general obligation bond or refunding bond issued
32 after the effective date of this chapter.
33 (3) "Default avoidance program" means the school bond guaranty program
34 established by this chapter.
35 (4) "General obligation bond" means any bond, note, warrant, certificate
36 of indebtedness, or other obligation of a board payable in whole or in part
37 from revenues derived from property taxes and that constitutes an indebtedness
38 within the meaning of any applicable constitutional or statutory debt limita-
40 (5) "Paying agent" means the corporate paying agent selected by the board
41 for a bond issue who is:
1 (a) Duly qualified; and
2 (b) Acceptable to the state treasurer.
3 (6) "Public school guarantee fund" means the fund described in section
4 2, article VIII, of the constitution of the state of Idaho and section
5 33-5309, Idaho Code.
6 (7) "Refunding bond" means any general obligation bond issued by a board
7 for the purpose of refunding its outstanding general obligation bonds.
8 (8) "School district" means any school district, including a specially
9 chartered district, existing now or later under the laws of the state.
10 33-5303. STATE'S GUARANTEE -- MONITORING OF FINANCIAL SOLVENCY CONTRACT
11 WITH BONDHOLDERS -- GUARANTEE -- LIMITATION AS TO CERTAIN REFUNDED BONDS.
12 (1) (a) The state of Idaho pledges to and agrees with the holders of any
13 bonds that the state will not alter, impair, or limit the rights vested by
14 the default avoidance program with respect to the bonds until the bonds,
15 together with applicable interest, are fully paid and discharged.
16 (b) Notwithstanding subsection (1)(a) of this section, nothing contained
17 in this chapter precludes an alteration, impairment, or limitation if ade-
18 quate provision is made by law for the protection of the holders of the
20 (c) Each school district may refer to this pledge and undertaking by the
21 state in its bonds.
22 (2) (a) The sales tax of the state is pledged to guarantee full and
23 timely payment of the principal of (either at the stated maturity or by
24 any advancement of maturity pursuant to a mandatory sinking fund payment)
25 and interest on, voter approved bonds which were voted on by the elector-
26 ate on and after March 1, 1999, as such payments shall become due (except
27 that in the event of any acceleration of the due date of such principal by
28 reason of mandatory or optional redemption or acceleration resulting from
29 default or otherwise, other than any advancement of maturity pursuant to a
30 mandatory sinking fund payment, the payments guaranteed shall be made in
31 such amounts and at such times as such payments of principal would have
32 been due had there not been any such acceleration).
33 (b) This guaranty does not extend to the payment of any redemption pre-
35 (c) Reference to this chapter by its title on the face of any bond con-
36 clusively establishes the guaranty provided to that bond under provisions
37 of this chapter.
38 (3) (a) Any bond guaranteed under this chapter that is refunded and con-
39 sidered paid for, no longer has the benefit of the guaranty provided by
40 this chapter from and after the date on which that bond was considered to
41 be paid.
42 (b) Any refunding bond issued by a board that is itself secured by gov-
43 ernment obligations until the proceeds are applied to pay refunded bonds
44 is not guaranteed under the provisions of this chapter, until the refund-
45 ing bonds cease to be secured by government obligations.
46 (4) Only validly issued bonds issued after the effective date of this
47 chapter are guaranteed under this chapter.
48 33-5304. PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY -- OPTION TO FOREGO GUARANTY.
49 (1) (a) Any school district through its board of trustees or its superin-
50 tendent may request that the state treasurer issue a certificate evidenc-
51 ing eligibility for the state's guaranty of its eligible bonds under this
53 (b) After reviewing the request, if the state treasurer determines that
1 the board is eligible, the state treasurer shall promptly issue the cer-
2 tificate and provide it to the requesting board.
3 (c) (i) The school district receiving the certificate and all other per-
4 sons may rely on the certificate as evidencing eligibility for the
5 guaranty for one (1) year from and after the date of the certificate,
6 without making further inquiry of the state treasurer during the
7 year. The certificate of eligibility shall state that the guarantee
8 is good for the life of the bond. This guarantee shall be printed on
9 all bonds guaranteed pursuant to this chapter or shall be an addendum
10 attached to all bonds guaranteed pursuant to this chapter.
11 (ii) The certificate of eligibility is valid for the life of the
12 bond, even if the state treasurer later determines that the school
13 district is ineligible. If the state treasurer later determines that
14 the school district is ineligible, the treasurer shall publish a
15 twenty (20) days' notice as provided in section 60-109, Idaho Code,
16 in a newspaper of general circulation in the county of the school
17 district and in a newspaper in the county where the state capitol is
18 located regarding the ineligibility. Additionally, the treasurer
19 shall notify the underwriter of the bonds and the bond counsel of its
20 office's finding. The underwriter and the bond counsel shall make a
21 good faith effort to notify holders of the bonds of the treasurer's
23 (2) Any board that chooses to forego the benefits of the guaranty pro-
24 vided by this chapter for a particular issue of bonds may do so by not referr-
25 ing to this chapter on the face of its bonds.
26 (3) Any district that has bonds, the principal of or interest on which
27 has been paid, in whole or in part, by the state under this chapter may not
28 issue any additional bonds guaranteed by this act until:
29 (a) All payment obligations of the district to the state under the
30 default avoidance program are satisfied; and
31 (b) The state treasurer certifies in writing, to be kept on file by the
32 state treasurer, that the school district is fiscally solvent.
33 (4) Bonds not guaranteed by this chapter are not included in the defini-
34 tion of "bond" in section 33-5302, Idaho Code, as used generally in this chap-
35 ter, are not subject to the requirements of and do not receive the benefits of
36 this chapter.
37 33-5305. STATE TREASURER TO MONITOR FISCAL SOLVENCY OF SCHOOL DISTRICTS
38 -- DUTIES OF STATE TREASURER AND ATTORNEY GENERAL. (1) The state treasurer
40 (a) Monitor the financial affairs and condition of each school district
41 in the state to evaluate each school district's financial solvency;
42 (b) At least annually, report his conclusions to the governor, the legis-
43 lature and the state superintendent of public instruction; and
44 (c) Report immediately to the governor and superintendent of public
45 instruction any circumstances suggesting that a school district will be
46 unable to timely meet its debt service obligations and recommend a course
47 of remedial action.
48 (2) (a) After examining the report of the school district, the state
49 treasurer shall determine whether or not the financial affairs and condi-
50 tion of a board are such that it would be imprudent for the state to guar-
51 antee the bonds of that school district.
52 (b) If the state treasurer determines that the state should not guarantee
53 the bonds of that board, the state treasurer shall:
54 (i) Prepare a determination of ineligibility;
1 (ii) Keep it on file in the office of the state treasurer; and
2 (iii) Make the necessary advertisements and notifications as provided
3 in section 33-5304, Idaho Code.
4 (c) The state treasurer may remove a district from the status of ineligi-
5 bility when a subsequent report of the school district or other informa-
6 tion made available to the state treasurer evidences that it is no longer
7 imprudent for the state to guarantee the bonds of that board.
8 (3) Nothing in this section affects the state's guaranty of bonds of a
9 board issued:
10 (a) Before determination of ineligibility;
11 (b) After the eligibility of the board is restored; or
12 (c) Under a certificate of eligibility issued under this chapter.
13 33-5306. PAYING AGENT TO PROVIDE NOTICE -- STATE TREASURER TO EXECUTE
14 TRANSFER TO PAYING AGENTS -- EFFECT OF TRANSFER.
15 (1) (a) The superintendent of each school district with outstanding,
16 unpaid bonds shall transfer moneys sufficient for the scheduled debt ser-
17 vice payment to its paying agent at least fifteen (15) days before any
18 principal or interest payment date for the bonds.
19 (b) The paying agent may, if instructed to do so by the superintendent,
20 invest the moneys at the risk and for the benefit of the board until the
21 payment date.
22 (c) A superintendent who is unable to transfer the scheduled debt service
23 payment to the paying agent fifteen (15) days before the payment date
24 shall immediately notify the paying agent and the state treasurer by:
25 (i) Telephone;
26 (ii) A writing sent by facsimile transmission; and
27 (iii) A writing sent by first-class United States mail.
28 (2) If sufficient funds are not transferred to the paying agent as
29 required by subsection (1) of this section, the paying agent shall notify the
30 state treasurer of that failure in writing at least ten (10) days before the
31 scheduled debt service payment date by:
32 (a) Telephone;
33 (b) A writing sent by facsimile transmission; and
34 (c) A writing sent by first-class United States mail.
35 (3) (a) If sufficient moneys to pay the scheduled debt service payment
36 have not been transferred to the paying agent, the state treasurer shall,
37 on or before the scheduled payment date, transfer sufficient moneys to the
38 paying agent to make the scheduled debt service payment.
39 (b) The payment by the treasurer:
40 (i) Discharges the obligation of the issuing board to its bondhold-
41 ers for the payment; and
42 (ii) Transfers the rights represented by the general obligation of
43 the board from the bondholders to the state.
44 (c) The board shall pay the transferred obligation to the state as pro-
45 vided in this chapter.
46 33-5307. STATE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE INTERCEPT MECHANISM -- STATE TREA-
47 SURER DUTIES -- INTEREST AND PENALTY PROVISIONS.
48 (1) (a) If one (1) or more payments on bonds are made by the state trea-
49 surer as provided in this chapter, the state treasurer shall:
50 (i) Immediately intercept any payments from the public school perma-
51 nent endowment fund or from any other source of operating moneys
52 provided by the state to the board that issued the bonds that would
53 otherwise be paid to the board by the state; and
1 (ii) Apply the intercepted payments to reimburse the state for pay-
2 ments made pursuant to the state's guaranty until all obligations of
3 the board to the state arising from those payments, including inter-
4 est and penalties, are paid in full.
5 (b) The state has no obligation to the district or to any person or
6 entity to replace any moneys intercepted under the authority of this sub-
8 (2) The school district that issued bonds for which the state has made
9 all or part of a debt service payment shall:
10 (a) Reimburse all moneys drawn by the state treasurer on its behalf;
11 (b) Pay interest to the state on all moneys paid by the state from the
12 date the moneys drawn to the date they are repaid at a rate not less than
13 the average prime rate for national money center banks plus one percent
14 (1%); and
15 (c) Pay all penalties required by this chapter.
16 (3) (a) The state treasurer shall establish the reimbursement interest
17 rate after considering the circumstances of any prior draws by the dis-
18 trict on the state, market interest and penalty rates, and the cost of
19 funds, if any, that were required to be borrowed by the state to make pay-
20 ments on the bonds.
21 (b) The state treasurer may, after considering the circumstances giving
22 rise to the failure of the board to make payment on its bonds in a timely
23 manner, impose on the board a penalty of not more than five percent (5%)
24 of the amount paid by the state pursuant to its guaranty for each instance
25 in which a payment by the state is made.
26 (4) (a) (i) If the state treasurer determines that amounts obtained
27 under this section will not reimburse the state in full within one
28 (1) year from the state's payment of a district's scheduled debt ser-
29 vice payment, the state treasurer shall pursue any legal action,
30 including mandamus, against the district and its board to compel it
32 1. Levy and provide tax revenues to pay debt service on its
33 bonds when due; and
34 2. Meet its repayment obligations to the state.
35 (ii) In pursuing its rights under paragraph (a) of this subsection,
36 the state shall have the same substantive and procedural rights as
37 would a holder of the bonds of a school district.
38 (b) The attorney general shall assist the state treasurer in these
40 (c) The school district shall pay the attorney's fees, expenses, and
41 costs of the state treasurer and the attorney general.
42 (5) (a) Except as provided in paragraph (c) of this subsection, any dis-
43 trict whose operating funds were intercepted under this section may
44 replace those funds from other district moneys or from property taxes,
45 subject to the limitations provided in this subsection.
46 (b) A district may use property taxes or other moneys to replace inter-
47 cepted funds only if the property taxes or other moneys were derived from:
48 (i) Taxes originally levied to make the payment but which were not
49 timely received by the district;
50 (ii) Taxes from a supplemental levy made to make the missed payment
51 or to replace the intercepted moneys;
52 (iii) Moneys transferred from the undistributed reserve, if any, of
53 the district; or
54 (iv) Any other source of money on hand and legally available.
55 (c) Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraphs (a) and (b) of this sub-
1 section, a district may not replace operating funds intercepted by the
2 state with moneys collected and held to make payments on bonds if that
3 replacement would divert moneys from the payment of future debt service on
4 the bonds and increase the risk that the state's guaranty would be called
5 upon a second time.
6 33-5308. BACKUP LIQUIDITY ARRANGEMENTS -- ISSUANCE OF NOTES.
7 (1) (a) If, at the time the state is required to make a debt service pay-
8 ment under its guaranty on behalf of a school district, sufficient moneys
9 of the state are not on hand and available for that purpose, the state
10 treasurer may:
11 (i) Seek a loan from the public school guarantee fund sufficient to
12 make the required payment; or
13 (ii) Issue state notes as provided in subsection (2) of this section.
14 (b) Nothing in this subsection requires the public school permanent
15 endowment fund to lend moneys to the state treasurer.
16 (c) Each series of notes issued may not mature later than twelve (12)
17 months from the date the notes are issued, or the end of the fiscal year,
18 whichever is sooner.
19 (d) Notes issued may be refunded using the procedures set forth in this
20 chapter for the issuance of notes, in an amount not more than the amount
21 necessary to pay principal of an accrued but unpaid interest on any
22 refunded notes plus all costs of issuance, sale and delivery of the
23 refunding notes, rounded up to the nearest natural multiple of five thou-
24 sand dollars ($5,000).
25 (e) Each series of refunding notes may not mature later than twelve (12)
26 months from the date the refunding notes are issued, or the end of the
27 fiscal year, whichever is sooner.
28 (2) (a) Before issuing or selling any note to other than a state fund or
29 account, the state treasurer shall:
30 (i) Prepare a written plan of financing; and
31 (ii) File it with the governor.
32 (b) The plan of financing shall provide for:
33 (i) The terms and conditions under which the notes will be issued,
34 sold and delivered;
35 (ii) The taxes or revenues to be anticipated;
36 (iii) The maximum amount of notes that may be outstanding at any one
37 (1) time under the plan of financing;
38 (iv) The sources of payment of the notes;
39 (v) The rate or rates of interest, if any, on the notes or a
40 method, formula or index under which the interest rate or rates on
41 the notes may be determined during the time the notes are outstand-
42 ing; and
43 (vi) All other details relating to the issuance, sale and delivery
44 of the notes.
45 (c) In identifying the taxes or revenues to be anticipated and the
46 sources of payment of the notes in the financing plan, the state treasurer
47 may include:
48 (i) The taxes authorized by this chapter;
49 (ii) The intercepted revenues authorized by this chapter;
50 (iii) The proceeds of refunding notes; or
51 (iv) Any combination of subparagraphs (i), (ii) and (iii) of this
53 (d) The state treasurer may include in the plan of financing the terms
54 and conditions of arrangements entered into by the state treasurer on
1 behalf of the state with financial and other institutions for letters of
2 credit, standby letters of credit, reimbursement agreements, and
3 remarketing, indexing and tender agreements to secure the notes, including
4 payment from any legally available source of fees, charges or other
5 amounts coming due under the agreements entered into by the state trea-
7 (e) When issuing the notes, the state treasurer shall issue an order set-
8 ting forth the interest, form, manner of execution, payment, manner of
9 sale, prices at, or below face value, and all details of issuance of the
11 (f) The order and the details set forth in the order shall conform with
12 any applicable plan of financing and with this chapter.
13 (g) (i) Each note shall recite that it is a valid obligation of the
14 state and that the full faith, credit, and resources of the state are
15 pledged for the payment of the principal of and interest on the note
16 from the taxes or revenues identified in accordance with its terms
17 and the constitution and laws of Idaho.
18 (ii) These general obligation notes do not constitute debt of the
19 state for the purposes of the debt limitation of section 1, article
20 VIII, of the constitution of the state of Idaho.
21 (h) Immediately upon the completion of any sale of notes, the state trea-
22 surer shall:
23 (i) Make a verified return of the sale to the state controller,
24 specifying the amount of notes sold, the persons to whom the notes
25 were sold, and the price, terms and conditions of the sale; and
26 (ii) Credit the proceeds of the sale, other than accrued interest and
27 amounts required to pay costs of issuance of the notes, to the gen-
28 eral fund to be applied to the purpose for which the notes were
30 33-5309. UNLIMITED SALES TAX ACCOUNT PLEDGE -- STATE TAX COMMISSION
32 (1) (a) In each year after the issuance of general obligation notes
33 under this chapter and until all outstanding notes are retired, there
34 shall be transferred from the state sales tax account pursuant to section
35 63-3638, Idaho Code, an amount sufficient to pay all principal of and
36 interest on the general obligation notes as they become due.
37 (b) If moneys expected to be intercepted under this chapter are expected
38 to be insufficient to reimburse the state for its payments of school dis-
39 tricts' scheduled debt service payments or it is necessary for the state
40 treasurer to borrow as provided in this chapter and amounts to be inter-
41 cepted under this chapter are expected to be insufficient to timely pay
42 the general obligation notes issued or other borrowing undertaken under
43 that section, the state treasurer shall certify to and give notice to the
44 state tax commission of the amount of the deficiency.
45 (c) After receipt of that certified notice from the state treasurer, the
46 state tax commission shall:
47 (i) Immediately fix the amount necessary and in the amount of the
48 deficiency stated in the notice; and
49 (ii) Cause moneys to be transferred from the state sales tax account
50 pursuant to section 63-3638, Idaho Code, and deposited in the public
51 school guarantee fund which is hereby statutorily created.
52 (2) To the extent that other legally available revenues and funds of the
53 state are sufficient to meet the certified deficiency, the moneys transferred
54 from the sales tax account in section 63-3638, Idaho Code, is abated.
1 33-5310. WHEN CREDIT ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM TAKES EFFECT. The credit
2 enhancement program for school district bonds and loans pursuant thereto as
3 provided in section 57-728, Idaho Code, shall take effect if the state trea-
4 surer certifies that moneys from the sales tax account or from the provisions
5 of this chapter are insufficient to pay the principal of and interest on the
6 general obligation notes issued pursuant to section 33-5308, Idaho Code, and
7 due and payable, and so notifies the endowment fund investment board in writ-
9 SECTION 2. That Section 63-3638, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby
10 amended to read as follows:
11 63-3638. SALES TAX -- DISTRIBUTION. All moneys collected under this chap-
12 ter, except as may otherwise be required in section 63-3203, Idaho Code, shall
13 be distributed by the tax commission as follows:
14 (a) An amount of money shall be distributed to the state refund account
15 sufficient to pay current refund claims. All refunds authorized under this
16 chapter by the commission shall be paid through the state refund account, and
17 those moneys are continuously appropriated.
18 (b) Five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) per year is continuously
19 appropriated and shall be distributed to the permanent building account, pro-
20 vided by section 57-1108, Idaho Code.
21 (c) Four million eight hundred thousand dollars ($4,800,000) per year is
22 continuously appropriated and shall be distributed to the water pollution con-
23 trol account established by section 39-3605, Idaho Code.
24 (d) (1) An amount equal to the sum required to be certified by the chair-
25 man of the Idaho housing and finance association to the state tax commis-
26 sion pursuant to section 67-6211, Idaho Code, in each year is continuously
27 appropriated and shall be paid to any capital reserve fund, established by
28 the Idaho housing and finance association pursuant to section 67-6211,
29 Idaho Code. Such amounts, if any, as may be appropriated hereunder to the
30 capital reserve fund of the Idaho housing and finance association shall be
31 repaid for distribution under the provisions of this section, subject to
32 the provisions of section 67-6215, Idaho Code, by the Idaho housing and
33 finance association, as soon as possible, from any moneys available there-
34 for and in excess of the amounts which the association determines will
35 keep it self-supporting.
36 (2) An amount equal to the sum required by the provisions of section
37 63-709, Idaho Code, is continuously appropriated and shall be paid as pro-
38 vided by section 63-709, Idaho Code.
39 (3) An amount required by the provisions of chapter 53, title 33,
40 Idaho Code.
41 (e) Six percent (6%) is hereby appropriated and shall be paid to the
42 county treasurer of each county in amounts to be determined as follows:
43 (1) Each taxing district other than school districts shall be entitled to
44 a base share of sales tax moneys equal to the amount distributed to that
45 district for the fourth calendar quarter of 1979. The computation shall
46 not include any distributions made to the credit of either the former
47 county school levy or the state water pollution control levy. The percent-
48 age so determined for each taxing district shall be applied each quarter
49 to the above percentage of sales tax. The resulting sums shall be paid to
50 the county treasurer of each county for distribution to each taxing dis-
51 trict, except school districts, which received sales tax moneys in 1979.
52 Whenever a taxing district is dissolved, the dissolved district's share of
53 sales moneys shall be credited continuously to the county current expense
2 (2) Whenever the amount of nonschool district sales tax moneys distrib-
3 uted exceeds in any quarter the total amount of moneys distributed to non-
4 school districts for the base quarter, which is the fourth calendar quar-
5 ter of 1979, by ten percent (10%), or more, the excess of the base quarter
6 shall be paid to the county treasurer of each county for distribution to
7 each taxing district in the county, except school districts, in the fol-
8 lowing manner.
9 The state tax commission shall compute the percentage that the aver-
10 age amount of taxes collected from assessments for the years 1965, 1966
11 and 1967 on the personal property described as business inventory in sub-
12 sections (1) and (2) of section 63-602W, Idaho Code, for each county bears
13 to the average total amount of taxes collected from assessments for said
14 years on the personal property described as business inventory in subsec-
15 tions (1) and (2) of section 63-602W, Idaho Code, for all counties in the
16 state. The percentage so determined for each county shall be applied to
17 the sales tax distributed under this subsection and the resulting sum
18 shall be paid to the county treasurer of each county for distribution to
19 each taxing district, except school districts, in the county as follows:
20 (i) Each year the county commissioners in each county shall take
21 the tax charge, applicable to the current property roll equalized by
22 county commissioners sitting as a board of equalization, of each tax-
23 ing district within the county, except school districts, and divide
24 it by the total current tax charges applicable to the current prop-
25 erty roll of all taxing districts, except school districts, within
26 said county and the resulting percentages shall be applied to the
27 county's proportionate share of said sales tax account and the
28 resulting amount shall be distributed to each taxing district in the
29 county periodically but not less frequently than quarterly by the
30 county auditor and applied by such taxing districts in the same man-
31 ner and in the same proportions as revenues from property taxation.
32 (ii) The moneys set aside and appropriated to the county treasurer
33 out of the sales tax account above may be considered by the counties
34 and other taxing districts and budgeted against at the same time, in
35 the same manner and in the same year as revenues from taxation on all
36 classes of personal property which these moneys replace.
37 (3) All moneys distributed pursuant to subsection (e) shall be subject to
38 the redistribution provisions of section 40-801, Idaho Code, where appli-
40 (f) One dollar ($1.00) on each application for certificate of title to a
41 motor vehicle, or initial application for registration processed by the county
42 assessor or the Idaho transportation department excepting those applications
43 in which any sales or use taxes due have been previously collected by a
44 retailer, shall be a fee for the services of the assessor of the county or the
45 Idaho transportation department in collecting such taxes, and shall be paid
46 into the current expense fund of the county or state highway account estab-
47 lished in section 40-702, Idaho Code.
48 (g) Seven and three-quarters percent (7.75%) is continuously appropriated
49 and shall be distributed to the revenue sharing account which is created in
50 the state operating fund, and the moneys in the revenue sharing account will
51 be paid by the tax commission as follows:
52 (1) One-half (1/2) shall be paid to the various cities as follows:
53 (i) Fifty percent (50%) of such amount shall be paid to the various
54 cities, and each city shall be entitled to an amount in the propor-
55 tion that the population of that city bears to the population of all
1 cities within the state; and
2 (ii) Fifty percent (50%) of such amount shall be paid to the various
3 cities, and each city shall be entitled to an amount in the propor-
4 tion that the preceding year's market value for assessment purposes
5 for that city bears to the preceding year's market value for assess-
6 ment purposes for all cities within the state.
7 (2) One-half (1/2) shall be paid to the state's general account or to the
8 various counties as follows:
9 (i) One million three hundred twenty thousand dollars ($1,320,000)
10 shall be distributed one forty-fourth (1/44) to each of the various
11 counties; and
12 (ii) The balance of such amount shall be paid to the various coun-
13 ties, and each county shall be entitled to an amount in the propor-
14 tion that the population of that county bears to the population of
15 the state.
16 (h) Any moneys remaining over and above those necessary to meet and
17 reserve for payments under other subsections of this section shall be distrib-
18 uted to the general account.
19 SECTION 3. That Chapter 7, Title 57, Idaho Code, be, and the same is
20 hereby amended by the addition thereto of a NEW SECTION , to be
21 known and designated as Section 57-728, Idaho Code, and to read as follows:
22 57-728. CREDIT ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM FOR SCHOOL DISTRICT BONDS. (1) The
23 endowment fund investment board shall administer a school district bond credit
24 enhancement program in accordance with this section and in conjunction with
25 chapter 53, title 33, Idaho Code, and may promulgate rules to implement it.
26 This program applies to voter approved bonds issued by school districts. The
27 program is intended to benefit school districts by purchasing notes issued by
28 the state of Idaho, whereby the state may guarantee payment of school district
29 bonded indebtedness in order to avoid an imminent default, providing lower
30 interest rates at which the bonds may be issued.
31 (2) A school district that seeks the guarantee of bonds under this pro-
32 gram shall apply to the state treasurer pursuant to section 33-5304, Idaho
33 Code. The state treasurer shall transmit all approved applications to the
34 board. The board may challenge an approved application within three (3) busi-
35 ness days of their receipt of the same. If no challenge is issued within three
36 (3) business days the application shall be deemed approved by the board. In
37 the event of a challenge in writing to the state treasurer, the treasurer and
38 the board shall have ten (10) business days to mutually approve the applica-
39 tion. If after a challenge by the board, the application is not mutually
40 approved within the ten (10) business days, the application shall be deemed
41 rejected. Nothing contained herein shall prohibit a school district from
42 reapplying following a rejected application.
43 (3) Upon approval of the credit enhancement program under this section,
44 the following shall be in effect in the event moneys from the sales tax
45 account or from the provisions of section 33-5309, Idaho Code, are insuffi-
46 cient to pay the principal of and interest on the notes issued by the state
47 pursuant to section 33-5308, Idaho Code, the endowment fund shall purchase new
48 notes from the state, in accordance with section 33-5308, Idaho Code, the pro-
49 ceeds of which shall be sufficient to pay the principal of and the interest on
50 the original notes as they become due pursuant to section 33-5308, Idaho Code.
51 The new notes shall be subject to the following terms and conditions:
52 (a) The notes shall bear interest at a rate equal to an annual rate ten
53 percent (10%) higher than the average interest earned on the investments
1 of the public school permanent endowment fund in the four (4) calendar
2 quarters preceding the quarter in which the loan occurred and if this fig-
3 ure is not equal to the percentage return of the fund's highest category
4 of investments in its portfolio, then the interest rate shall equal that
5 percentage return on investment, plus all additional administrative costs
6 related to these investments;
7 (b) The notes, including principal and interest, shall be repaid from the
8 district's next payments pursuant to chapter 8, title 33, Idaho Code, as
9 collected by the state treasurer;
10 (c) The state may make additional payments on the note;
11 (d) The endowment fund investment board may require the state treasurer
12 to compel the school district to modify its fiscal practices and its gen-
13 eral operations if the board determines that there is a substantial like-
14 lihood that the district will not be able to make future payments required
15 under this section.
16 (4) The provisions of this section shall not be deemed to interfere with
17 the state treasurer's ability in chapter 53, title 33, Idaho Code, to obtain
18 repayment of a delinquent obligation.
19 (5) For purposes of administering the provisions of this section, the
20 board shall make available the sum of at least one hundred million dollars
21 ($100,000,000) from the public school permanent endowment fund, for purposes
22 of purchasing notes as authorized by this section.
23 SECTION 4. An emergency existing therefor, which emergency is hereby
24 declared to exist, this act shall be in full force and effect on and after its
25 passage and approval.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
The purpose of this proposed legislation is to enact "the Idaho
School Bond Guaranty Act." There are similar mechanisms in place
in other states which guarantee the debt of school districts for
building new classroom facilities. This allows the districts to
get lower interest rates and thereby reduces costs to property
taxpayers. This also may serve as an additional incentive for the
local voters to pass bond issues. This legislation is companion
legislation to the constitutional amendment that was
overwhelmingly adopted by the voters of Idaho in November 1998.
The mechanism for guarantee of payment is the state sales tax
account and the Public School Permanent Endowment Fund. If a
district does default and the state is required to step in, the
state shall intercept the school foundation support moneys or take
other legal action against the district to recover moneys expended
for the guarantee to the bondholders.
This mechanism is intended to have a negative fiscal impact by
saving Idaho property taxpayers money by reducing interest rates.
CONTACT: Senator John Sandy
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/ FISCAL NOTE