18A:64A-19. Issuance of bonds
18A:64A-19. (1) Whenever the board of trustees of a county college shall decide that it is necessary to raise money for the purpose of acquiring or improving lands or buildings for use by the college or erecting, enlarging, improving, altering, reconstructing, furnishing or equipping buildings or other structures for use by the college, it may, in lieu of proceeding in accordance with N.J.S.18A:64A-16 and 18A:64A-17, at any time prepare and deliver to each member of the board of school estimate a statement of the estimated cost of such purpose and of the amount of money estimated by the board of trustees to be then needed for such purpose. If the amount of money so estimated shall include any funds expected to be received for said purpose as State or federal aid, such statement shall specify the amount and source of said funds and may include an agreement by the board of trustees to repay the county, out of the said funds when received, for any amounts appropriated by any county for the county college in anticipation of said funds. After receipt of such statement, the board of school estimate shall fix and determine the sum of money then needed for the purpose specified in said statement and the amount thereof to be raised by the participating county or counties which shall, if there be two or more such counties, be apportioned among them upon the basis of apportionment valuations as defined in R.S.54:4-49 and which may include amounts expected to be repaid as aforesaid by the board of trustees. In the case of a county college joinder created pursuant to N.J.S.18A:64A-24 subsequent to the enactment of P.L.1998, c.140, the amount to be raised may be apportioned among the participating counties upon the basis of apportionment valuations as defined in R.S.54:4-49; or, upon the basis of unweighted student credit hours; or upon the basis of any combination of apportionment valuations and unweighted student credit hours; or in proportion to the percentage of bonds to be issued by each county for the project as may be agreed upon by the participating counties and the board of trustees. The board of school estimate shall thereupon make a certificate of such sum and amount or amounts signed by at least a majority of its members, and copies thereof and of the statement received from the board of trustees shall be delivered to the board of trustees and to the board of chosen freeholders of each participating county.
(2) The board of chosen freeholders of a participating county upon receipt of any such certificate shall appropriate the amount certified therein for the purpose therein specified, or upon receipt of a certificate as provided in N.J.S.18A:64A-17 shall appropriate the amount of the capital outlay expenses certified therein, either:
(a) By the method provided for in N.J.S.18A:64A-18; or
(b) By a bond ordinance authorizing the issuance of bonds or notes of the county to finance such appropriation and purpose adopted in accordance with the limitations and any exceptions thereto, and in the manner or mode of procedure, prescribed by the local bond law, and the sale and issuance of said bonds or notes pursuant to the local bond law; provided, however, that no down payment shall be required and the provisions of N.J.S.40A:2-11 of the local bond law shall not be applicable to such bond ordinance and that the purpose for which the bonds or notes are to be issued may be stated and identified as and shall be the purpose specified in said certificate notwithstanding that the appropriation therefor may be sufficient only for planning or other preliminary or initial expenses in connection therewith or may be made in anticipation of State or federal aid expected to be received for said purpose and applied to repayment to the county.
(3) The proceeds of the sale of such bonds or notes shall be paid to the treasurer of the county college and shall be paid out by him only on the warrants or orders of the board of trustees of the county college. The treasurer shall in no event disburse such proceeds, except to pay and retire any such notes and pay the expenses of issuing and selling such bonds or notes and for the purpose or purposes for which such bonds or notes were issued. If for any reason any part of such proceeds are not applied to or necessary for such purpose or purposes, the board of trustees of the county college may transfer the balance remaining unapplied to the capital outlay account of the county college.
(4) Except with the concurrence and consent of the board of chosen freeholders of the county expressed by resolution, no amount shall be appropriated under this section which, if added to the amount of bonds or notes of the county for county college purposes outstanding or authorized but unissued at the date of such appropriation, shall exceed an amount equal to one half of one per cent of the equalized valuation basis of said county as shown on the annual debt statement of the county last filed pursuant to the local bond law.
L.1967, c.271; amended 1994, c.48, s.131; 1998, c.140, s.2.
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