Ports may borrow money and issue bonds
(1)(a) For the purpose of carrying into effect any of the powers granted by ORS 777.105 (Bay, river and harbor improvement) to 777.258 (General powers of port in promotion of certain interests), a port may, when authorized so to do by the electors, borrow money and sell and dispose of bonds, which shall constitute a general obligation of the port and be secured by the port’s full faith and credit. The bonds shall be secured by the taxing power of the port as provided in ORS 777.430 (Taxing powers of ports) (2). In addition, the port may provide that the bonds shall be payable from and secured by a lien and pledge of all or any part of the revenues derived by the port from the facilities constructed from the proceeds of the bonds. Bonds outstanding at any one time shall never exceed in the aggregate two and one-half percent of the real market value of all taxable property within the port, computed in accordance with ORS 308.207 (Computation of real market value for taxing or bonding limitations).
(b) A port may provide for the creation of special trust funds and may authorize the appointment of a trustee to administer such funds. A port may obligate itself to set aside and pay into a special trust fund any revenues pledged to the payment of bonds. A port, from available funds, may establish and fund debt service, operation and maintenance reserves.
(c) Proceeds from the sale of bonds may be used by a port to pay the costs incurred in issuing the bonds, to pay the costs of preliminary work incident to issuing and selling the bonds, including but not limited to planning, engineering, inspection, accounting, fiscal, legal, trustee and other similar expenses, to pay interest on the bonds for such time as the port may determine, but not exceeding six months beyond completion of the facilities financed with the bonds, and to establish reserves for debt service on the bonds.
(2) Without elector approval the board may, whenever it determines that an emergency exists, issue bonds, within the limitation provided by subsection (1) of this section, in an aggregate amount not exceeding $100,000 in any period of 12 months. Bonds shall not be issued under this subsection to provide funds for the acquisition of land. Bonds issued under this subsection shall be issued and sold in accordance with subsection (3) of this section but shall mature in such length of time, not exceeding five years, as the board determines.
(3) All bonds issued under this section shall be issued as prescribed in ORS chapter 287A. [Amended by 1957 c.375 §1; 1963 c.9 §37; 1965 c.223 §1; 1971 c.728 §71; 1973 c.127 §3; 1977 c.698 §1; 1981 c.94 §52; 1981 c.289 §1; 1985 c.773 §2; 1991 c.459 §439; 2007 c.783 §223]
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