Local Government Borrowing

ORS 287A.300
Terms and conditions of bond sales

  • delegation of authority


Notwithstanding a local charter or statutory limitation, when a public body is authorized by law to issue bonds, the public body may:


Combine bonds authorized by different laws or actions of the governing body into a single issue and use a single disclosure document if the bonds in the issue will have the same security, or may use a single disclosure document for bonds authorized by different laws or actions of the governing body if the bonds have different security.


Structure, market and issue bonds in the manner that the public body determines is in the best interest of the people served by the public body.


Sell bonds at a competitive sale or a negotiated sale or in any other manner determined by the public body.


Issue bonds the interest on which is exempt from federal income taxes or is not exempt from federal income taxes.


Establish the maturity dates for bonds to provide for short-term, interim or long-term borrowing and establish the principal amounts, redemption provisions, optional or mandatory tender provisions, interest rates or method for determining a variable or adjustable interest rate, denominations and other terms and conditions of the bonds.


Determine the form and content of bond disclosure documents.


Enter into an agreement with and retain the services of bond counsel and other providers of bond-related services.


Execute and deliver indentures, bond purchase agreements, trust agreements, remarketing agreements, auction agent agreements, broker dealer agreements, tender agent agreements, escrow agreements and other contracts related to the sale, issuance, security for or administration of the bonds.


Enter into agreements with bond trustees and deposit moneys with trustees for the benefit of bond owners and the providers of credit enhancement devices for bonds.


Enter into covenants for the benefit of bond owners or the providers of credit enhancement devices or agreements for exchange of interest rates, including but not limited to covenants regarding the issuance of additional bonds and rate covenants.


Enter into covenants for the benefit of owners of bonds that are intended to allow bonds to bear interest that is excludable from gross income under the federal Internal Revenue Code or that is otherwise exempt from taxation by the United States.


Take action to comply with covenants.


Establish bond debt service reserves.


Fund debt service reserves out of bond proceeds or from other revenues.


Specify the individuals who may sign the bonds on behalf of the public body.


When the Oregon Constitution, a charter, a statute, an ordinance or a resolution authorizes a public body to spend bond proceeds for a particular purpose, the public body may also spend bond proceeds to finance costs of issuing, administering and repaying the bonds, including costs of the services of bond counsel or other providers of bond-related services, and to pay the costs of a credit enhancement device or agreement for exchange of interest rates.


When a public body redeems bonds, the public body shall give notice of redemption in the manner specified in the documents authorizing the bonds to be redeemed.


A public body may delegate to an elected or appointed official or an employee of the public body the authority to take an action described in subsection (1) of this section.


Except as provided otherwise in this subsection, at least one of the signatures of bond signatories must be provided in manual form. However, if the bonds are to be authenticated by at least one signature in manual form, all signatures of bond signatories may be in facsimile form. [2007 c.783 §§48,49; 2009 c.538 §7; 2011 c.256 §2a]


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Mar. 11, 2023