Application of bond proceeds
(1)The proceeds derived from the issuance of any refunding bonds under the provisions of this article shall either be immediately applied to the payment or redemption and retirement of the bonds to be refunded and the cost and expense incident to such procedures or shall immediately be placed in escrow to be applied to the payment of said bonds upon their presentation therefor and the costs and expenses incident to such proceedings and for no other purpose whatsoever until the bonds being refunded have been paid in full and discharged, and all accrued interest thereon has also been paid in full, upon which occurrences the escrow shall terminate, and any moneys remaining therein shall be returned to the district’s bond redemption fund.
(2)Any such escrowed proceeds, pending such use, may be invested or, if necessary, reinvested in securities meeting the investment requirements established in part 6 of article 75 of title 24, C.R.S., maturing at such times as to insure the prompt payment of the bonds refunded under the provisions of this article and the interest accruing thereon.
(3)Such escrowed proceeds and investments, together with any interest to be derived from such investments, shall be in an amount which at all times is sufficient to pay the bonds refunded as they become due at their respective maturities or as they are called for redemption and payment on prior redemption dates, as to principal, interest, any prior redemption premium due, and any charges of the escrow agent payable therefrom. The computations made in determining such sufficiency shall be verified by a certified public accountant.
(4)For the purpose of implementing the provisions of this article, the board of education of any school district has the power to enter into escrow agreements and to establish escrow accounts with any commercial bank having full trust powers located within the state of Colorado and a member of the federal deposit insurance corporation, under protective covenants and agreements whereby such accounts shall be fully secured by, or shall be invested in, securities meeting the investment requirements established in part 6 of article 75 of title 24, C.R.S., in such amounts as will be sufficient and maturing at such times so as to insure the prompt payment of the bonds refunded and the interest accruing thereon under the provisions of this article.
(5)In no event shall the aggregate amount of bonded indebtedness of any school district exceed the maximum allowable amount as determined pursuant to section 22-30-126 or 22-42-104; except that, in determining and computing such aggregate amount of bonded indebtedness of any district, bonds which have been refunded, as provided in this article, either by immediate payment or redemption and retirement or by the placement of the proceeds of refunding bonds in escrow, shall not be deemed outstanding indebtedness from and after the date on which sufficient moneys are placed with the paying agent of such outstanding bonds for the purpose of immediately paying or redeeming and retiring such bonds or from and after the date on which the proceeds of said refunding bonds are placed in escrow.
(6)The issuance of refunding bonds by any school district for the purposes of and in the manner authorized by this article, or by the provisions of any other law, shall never be interpreted or taken to be the creation of an indebtedness such that the same would require the approval at an election held in accordance with article 42 of this title, and no such approval shall be required for the issuance of such refunding bonds except as is specifically required by the law under which said refunding bonds are sought to be issued or have been issued.
(7)No bonds may be refunded under the provisions of this article unless the holders thereof voluntarily surrender said bonds for immediate exchange or immediate payment, or unless said bonds either mature or are callable for redemption prior to their maturity under their terms within ten years after the date of issuance of the refunding bonds, and provisions shall be made for paying or redeeming and discharging all of the bonds refunded within said period of time.
(8)No bonds shall be refunded under the provisions of this article within a period of one year following the actual issuance and delivery thereof to their initial purchasers unless the proceeds of said refunding bonds are immediately applied to the payment or redemption and retirement of the bonds being refunded.
(9)No bonds shall be issued under the provisions of this article for the purpose of refunding any refunding bonds unless the original bonds refunded by said refunding bonds have previously been paid or redeemed and matured or unless the proceeds of said refunding bonds are immediately applied to the payment or redemption and retirement of the original refunding bonds being refunded.
Section 22-43-107 — Application of bond proceeds - procedures - limitations,
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