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279.07(2)(b) (b) Pay the costs of any financial and legal services incurred by the authority and any other item of direct or indirect cost that may reasonably be attributed to processing the application under s. 279.05 (1), issuing the bonds, and imposing the assessment on the affected property.
279.07(2)(c) (c) Pay the principal of and the premium, if any, and interest on the bonds as they become due and payable.
279.07(2)(d) (d) Create and maintain any reserve that is required or provided for in the bond resolution.
279.07(3) (3) If the authority assesses more than one consenting landowner in connection with a bond issue, it shall determine the amount to be assessed on the affected property of each consenting landowner in a manner that is consistent with the administrative or judicial order or decree or administratively or judicially approved agreement described in s. 279.05 (1) (a) and that considers such factors as present and past capacity for discharges; estimates of actual discharges; the degree of toxicity and water quality characteristics of past and present discharges; involvement in the generation, treatment, transportation, storage, or disposal of discharged substances; the degree of care exercised in reducing discharges; and the amount of impervious surface on each affected property.
279.07(4) (4) Before finalizing its determination of the amount of the assessment to be levied on affected property under this section, the board shall pass a preliminary resolution declaring its intent with respect to the assessment. In the resolution, the board shall include all of the following:
279.07(4)(a) (a) A general description of the contemplated purpose of the assessment.
279.07(4)(b) (b) A description of the affected property proposed to be assessed.
279.07(4)(c) (c) The number of installments in which the assessments may be paid or a statement that the number of payments will be determined at the hearing required under sub. (8).
279.07(4)(d) (d) A direction to an officer or employee of the authority to make a report on the proposed assessment.
279.07(5) (5) The officer or employee directed to make a report under sub. (4) (d) shall include all of the following in the report:
279.07(5)(a) (a) A reference to the administrative or judicial order or decree or administratively or judicially approved agreement described in s. 279.05 (1) (a).
279.07(5)(b) (b) A schedule of the proposed assessments.
279.07(5)(c) (c) An estimate, as to each affected property, of the assessment to be levied.
279.07(6) (6) The officer or employee making the report under sub. (5) shall file a copy of the report with the authority for public inspection.
279.07(7) (7) After the report has been filed under sub. (6), the authority shall publish a class 1 notice, under ch. 985, that describes all of the following:
279.07(7)(a) (a) The affected property that is proposed to be assessed.
279.07(7)(b) (b) The place and time at which the report may be inspected.
279.07(7)(c) (c) The place and time at which all interested persons or their agents or attorneys may appear before the authority and be heard concerning the matters contained in the preliminary resolution and the report.
279.07(8) (8) The authority shall conduct a hearing concerning the levying of a proposed assessment not less than 10 days and not more than 40 days after publishing the notice under sub. (7).
279.07(9) (9) After the hearing under sub. (8), the board may approve, disapprove, or modify the report under sub. (6) or it may refer the report to the designated officer or employee of the authority with directions to change the proposal to accomplish a fair and equitable assessment.
279.07(10) (10) After approving a report under sub. (9), the authority shall adopt a resolution specifying the amount of the assessments, authorizing the issuance of bonds, and directing that the net proceeds of the bonds be paid as provided in s. 279.06 (9) (a). The authority shall publish the resolution as a class 1 notice, under ch. 985. After publication of the resolution, the authority shall levy the assessments and issue the bonds.
279.07(11) (11) If the actual waterway improvement costs to be paid from a bond issue vary materially from the estimates, if any assessment is invalid, or if the board decides to reopen and reconsider any assessment, it may, after publishing a class 1 notice, under ch. 985, that describes its proposed action and after a public hearing, adopt a resolution amending, canceling, or confirming the prior assessment. If an assessment is amended to provide for the refunding of bonds, all of the direct and indirect costs reasonably attributable to the refunding of the bonds may be included in the amended assessment. If moneys are returned to the authority under s. 279.06 (9) (b), the authority may pay a portion of the outstanding bonds and reduce each assessment proportionately. The authority shall publish a class 1 notice, under ch. 985, describing the resolution amending, canceling, or confirming the prior assessment.
279.07(12) (12) After the 90th day after the day on which a bond is issued under this chapter, the bond is conclusive evidence of the legality of all proceedings up to and including the issuance of the bond and is prima facie evidence of the proper application of the proceeds of the bond.
279.07 History History: 2007 a. 20.
279.08 279.08 Bond security.
279.08(1)(1) The authority may enter into a trust agreement or trust indenture between the authority and one or more corporate trustees for any bonds issued under this chapter. Any trust company or bank having the powers of a trust company may be a trustee.
279.08(2) (2) The bond resolution providing for the issuance of bonds shall pledge the assessments to be received by the authority with respect to the bonds referred to in the bond resolution. The pledge is valid and binding from the time that the resolution is adopted. The revenues pledged are immediately subject to the lien of the pledge without any physical delivery or any further act. The lien is valid and binding as against all persons having claims in tort, contract, or otherwise against the authority, irrespective of whether the persons have notice of the lien. Neither the bond resolution nor any financing statement, continuation statement, or other instrument by which a pledge is created or by which the authority's interest in revenues is assigned need be filed or recorded in any public records in order to perfect the lien of the pledge as against 3rd parties, except that the authority shall file a copy of the instrument in the records of the authority and with the department of financial institutions.
279.08(3) (3) A bond resolution may contain provisions for protecting and enforcing the rights and remedies of the bondholders that are reasonable and proper and not in violation of law. A bond resolution may restrict the individual right of action by bondholders. A bond resolution may contain any other provisions that are determined by the board to be reasonable and proper for the security of the bondholders.
279.08 History History: 2007 a. 20.
279.09 279.09 Refunding bonds.
279.09(1)(1) The authority may issue bonds to refund any outstanding bond, including the payment of any redemption premium on the outstanding bond and any interest accrued or to accrue to the earliest or any subsequent date of redemption, purchase, or maturity.
279.09(2) (2) The authority may apply the proceeds of any bond issued to refund any outstanding bond to the purchase, retirement at maturity, or redemption of the outstanding bond on the earliest or any subsequent redemption date, upon purchase, or at the maturity of the bond. The authority may, pending application of the proceeds, place the proceeds in escrow to be applied to the purchase, retirement at maturity, or redemption of any outstanding bond at any time.
279.09(3) (3) If the authority determines that it is necessary to amend the prior assessments in connection with the issuance of refunding bonds under this section, it may reconsider and reopen the assessments as provided in s. 279.07 (11). If the assessments are amended, the refunding bonds shall be secured by, and be payable from, the assessments as amended. If the assessments are amended, all direct and indirect costs reasonably attributable to the refunding of the bonds may be included in the cost of the waterway improvements being financed.
279.09(4) (4) All refunding bonds are subject to this chapter in the same manner and to the same extent as other bonds issued under this chapter.
279.09 History History: 2007 a. 20.
279.10 279.10 Bonds not public debt.
279.10(1) (1) The state is not liable on bonds of the authority and the bonds are not debt of the state. Each bond of the authority shall contain a statement to this effect on the face of the bond. The issuance of bonds under this chapter does not, directly, indirectly, or contingently, obligate the state or any political subdivision of the state to levy any tax or to make any appropriation for payment of the bonds. The authority may not pledge its full faith and credit to the payment of bonds issued under this chapter.
279.10(2) (2) Nothing in this chapter authorizes the authority to create a debt of the state, and all bonds issued by the authority under this chapter are payable, and shall state that they are payable, solely from the special fund containing the assessments and other moneys pledged for their payment in accordance with the bond resolution authorizing their issuance or in any trust agreement or trust indenture entered into to provide terms and conditions for the bonds. The state is not liable for the payment of the principal of or interest on any bonds of the authority or for the performance of any pledge, obligation, or agreement that is undertaken by the authority. The breach of any pledge, obligation, or agreement undertaken by the authority does not impose any pecuniary liability upon the state or any charge upon its general credit or against its taxing power.
279.10 History History: 2007 a. 20.
279.11 279.11 State pledge. The state pledges to and agrees with the holders of bonds issued under this chapter, and with persons that enter into contracts with the authority under this chapter, that the state will not limit or alter the rights vested in the authority before the authority has fully met and discharged the bonds, including any interest due on the bonds, and has fully performed its contracts, unless adequate provision is made by law for the protection of the bondholders or persons entering into contracts with the authority.
279.11 History History: 2007 a. 20.
279.17 279.17 Trust funds. All moneys received by the authority, whether as proceeds from the sale of bonds or as assessments or fees, shall be considered to be trust funds to be held and applied solely as provided in this chapter. Any officer with whom, or any bank or trust company with which, those moneys are deposited shall act as trustee of the moneys and shall hold and apply the moneys for the purposes of this chapter, subject to any regulations that this chapter and the bond resolution authorizing the bonds of any issue provide.
279.17 History History: 2007 a. 20.
279.18 279.18 Rights of bondholders. Any holder of bonds issued under this chapter or trustee under a trust agreement, trust indenture, or deed of trust entered into under this chapter may, by any suitable form of legal proceedings, protect and enforce any rights under the laws of this state or granted by the bond resolution, except to the extent that the rights of the bondholder or trustee are restricted by the bond resolution. These rights include the right to compel the performance of all duties of the authority required by this chapter or the bond resolution; to enjoin unlawful activities; and in the event of default with respect to the payment of any principal of and the premium, if any, and interest on any bond or in the performance of any covenant or agreement on the part of the authority in the bond resolution, to apply to a court to appoint a receiver with full power to pay, and to provide for payment of, principal of and premium, if any, and interest on the bonds, and with the powers, subject to the direction of the court, as are permitted by law and are accorded receivers, excluding any power to pledge additional revenues of the authority to the payment of the principal, premium, and interest.
279.18 History History: 2007 a. 20.
279.19 279.19 Investment of funds.
279.19(1)(1) The authority may invest any funds in any of the following:
279.19(1)(a) (a) Bonds, notes, certificates of indebtedness, treasury bills, or other securities constituting direct obligations of the United States or obligations the principal and interest of which are guaranteed by the United States.
279.19(1)(b) (b) Certificates of deposit or time deposits constituting direct obligations of any bank that are insured by the federal deposit insurance corporation.
279.19(1)(c) (c) Certificates of deposit constituting direct obligations of any credit union that are insured by the national board, as defined in s. 186.01 (3m).
279.19(1)(d) (d) Certificates of deposit constituting direct obligations of any savings and loan association or savings bank that are insured by the federal deposit insurance corporation.
279.19(1)(e) (e) Short-term discount obligations of the federal national mortgage association.
279.19(1)(f) (f) Any of the investments provided under s. 66.0603 (1m) (a).
279.19(2) (2) Any securities described in sub. (1) may be purchased at the offering or market price of the securities at the time of purchase.
279.19 History History: 2007 a. 20.
279.20 279.20 Investment authorization. The bonds of the authority are securities in which all public officers and bodies of this state; all political subdivisions and their public officers; all banks, trust companies, savings banks and institutions, savings and loan associations, and investment companies; and all personal representatives, guardians, trustees, and other fiduciaries may legally invest any sinking funds, moneys, or other funds belonging to them or within their control.
279.20 History History: 2007 a. 20.
279.21 279.21 Reports and records.
279.21(1)(1) The authority shall keep an accurate account of all of its activities and of all of its receipts and expenditures, and shall annually in January make a report of its activities, receipts, and expenditures to the governor and to the chief clerk of each house of the legislature, for distribution to the legislature under s. 13.172 (2). The reports shall be in a form approved by the state auditor. The state auditor may investigate the affairs of the authority, may examine the property and records of the authority, and may prescribe methods of accounting and the rendering of periodical reports in relation to activities undertaken by the authority.
279.21(2) (2) The authority, annually on January 15, shall file with the department of administration and the joint legislative council a complete and current listing of all forms, reports, and papers required by the authority to be completed by any person, other than a governmental body, as a condition of obtaining the approval of the authority or for any other reason. The authority shall attach a blank copy of each such form, report, or paper to the listing.
279.21 History History: 2007 a. 20.
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2011-12 Wisconsin Statutes updated though 2013 Wis. Act 200 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before April 18, 2014. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after April 18, 2014 are designated by NOTES. (Published 4-18-14)