55:19-48.County empowered to enter into contracts with authority
29. a. Any county, by resolution of its governing body, shall have power to enter into contracts with the authority relating to any project or projects situated within the county; provided, however, that any such resolution shall be introduced in writing at a meeting of the governing body and shall be passed upon first reading which may be by title, and thereafter, the resolution shall be published with notice of the introduction thereof and of the date, time and place of further consideration for final passage, and on the date and at the time and place so advertised, all persons interested shall be given the opportunity to be heard and after the hearing, the governing body may proceed to reject or finally adopt the resolution by the recorded affirmative votes of at least two-thirds of the full membership of the governing body; and provided, further, that the resolution shall contain findings and determinations of the governing body (1) that the project will maintain employment opportunities in the county or provide new employment opportunities in the county and (2) that the contract with the authority is a necessary inducement to the undertaking of the project in that it makes the financing thereof feasible. The contract or contracts may provide for the payment to the authority by the county annually or otherwise of such sum or sums of money, computed at fixed amounts or by any formula, or in any other manner as may be fixed in or pursuant thereto. Any contract may be made and entered into for a term beginning currently or at some future or contingent date and with or without consideration and for a specified or unlimited time and on any terms and conditions which may be approved by the county and which may be agreed to by the authority in conformity with its contracts with the holders of any bonds, and shall be valid and binding on the county whether or not an appropriation is made thereby prior to authorization or execution of the contract. Every county is hereby authorized and directed to do and perform any and all acts and things necessary, convenient or desirable to carry out and perform any contract entered into by it and to provide for the payment or discharge of any obligation thereunder in the same manner as other obligations of the county.
b. For the purpose of aiding the authority and cooperating in the planning, designing, acquiring, constructing, reconstructing, improving, equipping and furnishing of any project situate in any county, any county, by ordinance of its governing body, shall have power from time to time and for such period and upon such terms, with or without consideration, as may be provided by the ordinance and accepted by the authority:
(1) to appropriate moneys for the purposes of the authority with respect to the project, and to loan or donate such money to the authority in such installments and upon such terms as may be agreed upon with the authority;
(2) upon authorization by it in accordance with law of the performance of any act or thing which it is empowered by law to authorize or perform and after appropriation of the moneys, if any, necessary for that performance, to covenant and agree with the authority to do and perform any act and as to the time, manner and other details of its doing and performance; and
(3) to appropriate money for all or any part of the cost of the acquisition or construction of the project, and, in accordance with the limitations and exceptions thereto and in the manner or mode of procedure prescribed by the local bond law to incur indebtedness, borrow money and issue its negotiable bonds for the purpose of the project and appropriation, and to pay the proceeds of those bonds to the authority.
c. Any contract, and any instrument making or evidencing the same, may be pledged or assigned by the authority, with the consent of the county executing the contract, to secure its bonds and thereafter may not be modified except as provided by the terms of such instrument or by the terms of the pledge or assignment.
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