27:19-32 Bonds of bridge commission.
27:19-32. The bonds, notes or other evidences of indebtedness (hereinafter in this section called "bonds") issued by such bridge commissions shall bear interest at such rate or rates per annum which may be fixed or may change, at such time or times and according to such formula or method of determination, payable at such times, and may be sold at either private or public sale, to any person or governmental unit, as the commissions shall determine. Such commissions shall provide the form of such bonds and shall fix the denominations, place or places of payment of principal and interest, the terms and conditions and do all other things that may be necessary for the proper execution and delivery of said bonds.
The proceeds from the sale of any such bonds of a commission shall be deposited and used as provided in any contract or agreement of the commission relative thereto or in the resolution authorizing such bonds, or if not so provided, then as the commission shall direct and solely for the purposes for which such bonds were issued, to be drawn over the signatures of the chairman or vice-chairman, the secretary and the treasurer of the commission, with the surplus, if any, to be paid into the fund hereinafter provided for the payment of the principal and interest of such bonds.
The rates of tolls to be charged for the use of any bridge or bridges operated by a bridge commission under the provisions of this article shall be so fixed and adjusted as to comply with any contract or agreement of the commission relative thereto and, in any event, to provide a fund sufficient to pay the interest on and principal of all bonds issued under this article by the commission, refunding or other and whether or not issued to finance such bridge or bridges, provide funds to pay the cost of maintaining, repairing and operating the bridge or bridges operated by the commission, and maintain such reserves for the foregoing or other expenses as the commission may deem necessary. This article authorizes any commission, subject to the terms of any contract or agreement of the commission, to charge tolls for the use of any one or more of the bridges operated by it or of less than all of such bridges, to charge any such tolls in order to make or secure the payment of any bonds issued by it whether or not the bridge or bridges financed by the issuance of such bonds are subject to tolls imposed by the commission or are still operated by the commission, and to charge any such tolls in order to accumulate reserves for application in future to payment of principal of or interest on bonds issued by it or of costs of undertaking or accomplishing any of the purposes or powers provided in this article.
The facility charges fixed, charged and collected by the commission with respect to any project shall comply with the terms of any lease or other agreement of the commission with regard to such project, and the facility charges fixed, charged and collected by the commission may be so adjusted that the revenues of the commission will at all times be adequate to pay all expenses of the commission, including the expense of operation and maintenance of any project or other property owned or controlled by the commission, including insurance, improvements, replacements, reconstruction and any other required payments, and to pay the principal of and interest on any bonds, and to maintain such reserves or sinking funds for any of the foregoing purposes as may be required by the terms of any lease or other agreement of the commission or as may be deemed necessary or convenient and desirable by the commission.
All bonds of a bridge commission shall be authorized by resolution of the commission. Any such resolution may contain provisions, and the commission, in order to secure the payment of such bonds and in addition to its other powers, shall have power to agree by provision in such resolution with the several holders of such bonds, and to make, enter into and perform covenants and agreements, as to
a.the custody, security, use, expenditure or application of the proceeds of any bonds;
b.the construction and completion, or improvement or replacement, of all or any part of any bridge or bridges or approaches thereto or any project authorized by this article;
c.the use, regulation, operation, maintenance, insurance or disposition of all or any part of any bridge or bridges or approaches thereto or any project authorized by this article, or restrictions on the exercise of the powers of the commission to dispose, or to limit or regulate the use, of all or any part of the same;
d.payment of the principal of or interest on any bonds, and the sources and methods thereof, the rank or priority of any bonds as to any lien or security, or the acceleration of the maturity of any bonds;
e.the use and disposition of any moneys of the commission, including revenues (hereinafter in this section sometimes called "bridge revenues") derived or to be derived from the operation of all or any part of any bridge or bridges or approaches thereto or revenues (hereinafter in this section sometimes called "facility revenues") derived or to be derived from the operation of any project authorized by this article, including any parts thereof theretofore constructed or acquired and any parts, extensions, replacements or improvements thereof thereafter constructed or acquired;
f.pledging, setting aside, depositing or trusteeing all or any part of any bridge revenues, facility revenues or other moneys of the commission and mortgaging, pledging, or otherwise encumbering all or any part of the commission's real or personal property, then owned or acquired, to secure the payment of the principal of or interest on any bonds, or the payment of expenses of operation or maintenance of any bridge or bridges or approaches thereto or any project authorized by this article;
g.the setting aside out of any bridge revenues, facility revenues or other moneys of the commission of reserves and sinking funds, and the source, custody, security, regulation, application and disposition thereof;
h.determination or definition of the bridge revenues, facility revenues, or of the expenses of operation and maintenance of any bridge or bridges or approaches thereto or any project authorized by this article;
i.the rates, tolls, rents, fares, fees, facility charges or other charges in connection with, for the use or services of, or for passage over or through or the use of, or otherwise relating thereto, any bridge or bridges or approaches thereto or any project authorized by this article, including any parts thereof theretofore constructed or acquired and any parts, extensions, replacements or improvements thereof thereafter constructed or acquired, and the fixing, establishment, collection and enforcement of the same, the amount or amounts of bridge revenues or facility revenues to be produced thereby, and the disposition and application of the amounts charged or collected;
j.the assumption or payment or discharge of any indebtedness, liens or other claims relating to any part of any bridge or bridges or approaches thereto or any project authorized by this article or any obligations constituting or which may constitute a lien on any part of the bridge revenues or facility revenues;
k.limitations on the issuance of additional bonds, notes or other evidences of indebtedness or on the incurrence of indebtedness of the commission;
l.limitations on the powers of the commission to construct, acquire or operate, or permit the construction, acquisition or operation of, any structures, facilities or properties which may compete or tend to compete with any bridge or bridges or approaches thereto or any project authorized by this article;
m.payment of costs or expenses incident to the enforcement of any bonds or of the provisions of such resolution or of any covenant or agreement with the holders of any bonds;
n.the procedure, if any, by which the terms of any covenant or agreement with, or duty to, the holders of bonds may be amended or abrogated, the amount of bonds the holders of which must consent thereto, and the manner in which such consent may be given or evidenced; or
o.any other matter or course of conduct which, by recital in such resolution, is declared to further secure the payment of the principal of or interest on the bonds.
All such provisions of said resolution and all such covenants and agreements shall constitute valid and legally binding contracts between the commission and the several holders of the bonds, regardless of the time of issuance of such bonds, and shall be enforceable by any such holder or holders by appropriate action or proceeding, including a proceeding in lieu of prerogative writ, in any court of competent jurisdiction.
Amended 1946, c.318, s.5; 1953, c.27, s.25; 1963, c.101, s.4; 2001, c.301, s.5.
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