ORS 470.270¹
Refunding bonds

(1) After consultation with the State Treasurer, the Director of the State Department of Energy may issue refunding bonds for the purpose of refunding outstanding bonds issued under ORS 470.220 (Issuance of bonds) to 470.290 (Bond indebtedness limited to constitutional limit). The refunding bonds may be sold in the same manner as other bonds are sold under ORS 470.220 (Issuance of bonds) to 470.290 (Bond indebtedness limited to constitutional limit). All moneys obtained from the sale of refunding bonds shall be credited by the State Treasurer to the sinking fund. The issuance of the refunding bonds, the maturity date, and other details thereof, the rights of the holders thereof, and the duties of the Governor, Secretary of State and State Treasurer with respect thereto, shall be governed by the provisions of ORS 470.220 (Issuance of bonds) to 470.290 (Bond indebtedness limited to constitutional limit). The refunding bonds may be issued to refund bonds previously issued for refunding purposes. Pending the use of moneys obtained from the sale of refunding bonds for proper purposes, such moneys may be invested in the manner provided by law.

(2) Notwithstanding any provision of ORS 470.150 (Loan contract), if the State Department of Energy issues taxable refunding bonds at a lower interest rate to refund outstanding general obligation bonds, and is unable to allow loan recipients to receive a portion of the interest savings, the director shall allow the loan recipient to prepay the outstanding loan balance upon the request of the recipient. The director shall respond to such a request within 30 days after receiving the request by specifying the outstanding principal balance after applying reserves held by the state for the borrower and the prepayment premium as listed in the bond document, loan document or bond purchase agreement.

(3) The department shall pursue opportunities for refunding bonds to reduce interest sums payable by the department. When the department refunds a bond with tax-exempt bonds, the department shall share, on an equitable basis, the savings from any refunding with the borrowers whose loans were made with the proceeds of the refunded bonds in an amount consistent with a finding by the director that the sinking fund has, and will continue to have, sufficient funds to make payments required under ORS 470.300 (Small Scale Local Energy Project Administration and Bond Sinking Fund) (1). The department may not refund tax-exempt bonds with taxable bonds, unless the department is able to share the savings associated with such a refunding with the borrowers whose loans are linked to such bonds. At least 120 days before the date on which the department intends to issue refunding bonds, the director shall notify each borrower whose loan was made from the proceeds of the bonds being refunded and shall offer the borrower the opportunity to prepay the borrower’s loan. A borrower shall respond within 60 days of the date of the notice described in this subsection if the borrower intends to prepay the borrower’s loan. [1979 c.672 §22; 1995 c.282 §1; 1997 c.482 §2; 2003 c.186 §72; 2005 c.201 §11]

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Notes of Decisions

There is nothing in this chapter which requires the Depart­ment of Energy or its director to recover loans or withhold future loan install­ments for the purpose of compelling compliance by the borrower with the wage and employ­ment condi­tions of state law. State ex rel Building Council v. Bureau of Labor, 61 Or App 22, 656 P2d 325 (1982), Sup Ct review denied

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 470—Small Scale Local Energy Projects, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­Archive/­2007ors470.­pdf (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 470, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­470ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
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