2019 Florida Statutes
Florida Department of Transportation Financing Corporation.
Florida Department of Transportation Financing Corporation.
339.0809 Florida Department of Transportation Financing Corporation.—
(1) The Florida Department of Transportation Financing Corporation is created as a nonprofit corporation for the purpose of financing or refinancing projects for the department as provided in subsection (4).
(2) The Florida Department of Transportation Financing Corporation shall be governed by a board of directors consisting of the director of the Office of Policy and Budget within the Executive Office of the Governor, the director of the Division of Bond Finance, and the Secretary of Transportation. The director of the Division of Bond Finance shall be the chief executive officer of the corporation and shall direct and supervise the administrative affairs of the corporation and shall control, direct, and supervise the operation of the corporation. The corporation shall have such other officers as may be determined by the board of directors.
(3) The Florida Department of Transportation Financing Corporation shall have all the powers of a corporate body under the laws of the state to the extent not inconsistent with or restricted by this section, including, but not limited to, the power to:
(a) Adopt, amend, and repeal bylaws.
(b) Sue and be sued.
(c) Adopt and use a common seal.
(d) Acquire, purchase, hold, lease, and convey such real and personal property as may be proper or expedient to carry out the purposes of the corporation and this section and to sell, lease, or otherwise dispose of such property.
(e) Elect or appoint and employ such other officers, agents, and employees as the corporation deems advisable to operate and manage the affairs of the corporation, which officers, agents, and employees may be officers or employees of the department and the state agencies represented on the board of directors of the corporation.
(f) Borrow money and issue notes, bonds, certificates of indebtedness, or other obligations or evidences of indebtedness necessary to finance or refinance projects as provided in subsection (4).
(g) Make and execute any and all contracts, trust agreements, and other instruments and agreements necessary or convenient to accomplish the purposes of the corporation and this section.
(h) Select, retain, and employ professionals, contractors, or agents, which may include the Division of Bond Finance, as necessary or convenient to enable or assist the corporation in carrying out the purposes of the corporation and this section.
(i) Take any action necessary or convenient to carry out the purposes of the corporation and this section and the powers provided in this section.
(4) The Florida Department of Transportation Financing Corporation may enter into one or more service contracts with the department to provide services to the department in connection with projects approved in the department’s work program, which approval specifically provides that the department may enter into a service contract for the project pursuant to this section. The department may enter into one or more such service contracts with the corporation and provide for payments under such contracts, subject to annual appropriation by the Legislature. The proceeds from such service contracts may be used for the corporation’s administrative costs and expenses after payments under subsection (5). Each service contract may have a term of up to 35 years. In compliance with s. 287.0641 and other applicable law, the obligations of the department under such service contracts do not constitute a general obligation of the state or a pledge of the full faith and credit or taxing power of the state, and such obligations are not an obligation of the State Board of Administration or entities for which it invests funds, other than the department as provided in this section, but are payable solely from amounts available in the State Transportation Trust Fund, subject to annual appropriation. In compliance with this subsection and s. 287.0582, the service contract must expressly include the following statement: “The State of Florida’s performance and obligation to pay under this contract is contingent upon an annual appropriation by the Legislature.”
(5) The Florida Department of Transportation Financing Corporation may issue and incur notes, bonds, certificates of indebtedness, and other obligations or evidences of indebtedness payable from and secured by amounts payable to the corporation by the department under a service contract entered into under subsection (4) for the purpose of financing or refinancing projects approved as provided in subsection (4). The duration of any such note, bond, certificate of indebtedness, or other obligation or evidence of indebtedness may not exceed 30 annual maturities. The corporation may select its financing team and issue its obligations through competitive bidding or negotiated contracts, whichever is most cost-effective. Indebtedness of the corporation does not constitute a debt or obligation of the state or a pledge of the full faith and credit or taxing power of the state but is payable from and secured by payments made by the department under the service contract.
(6) The fulfillment of the purposes of the Florida Department of Transportation Financing Corporation promotes the health, safety, and general welfare of the people of the state and serves as essential governmental functions and a paramount public purpose.
(7) The Florida Department of Transportation Financing Corporation is exempt from taxation and assessments on its income, property, and assets or revenues acquired, received, or used in the furtherance of the purposes provided in this chapter. The obligations of the corporation incurred under subsection (5) and the interest and income on such obligations and all security agreements, letters of credit, liquidity facilities, or other obligations or instruments arising out of, entered into in connection with, or given to secure payment of such obligations are exempt from taxation; however, such exemption does not apply to any tax imposed under chapter 220 on the interest, income, or profits on debt obligations owned by corporations.
(8) The Florida Department of Transportation Financing Corporation may validate obligations to be incurred under subsection (5) and the validity and enforceability of any service contracts providing for payments pledged to the payment of such obligations by proceedings under chapter 75. The validation complaint may be filed only in the circuit court of the Second Judicial Circuit in and for Leon County. The notice required to be published by s. 75.06 must be published in Leon County, and the complaint and order of the circuit court may be served only on the State Attorney for the Second Judicial Circuit. Sections 75.04(2) and 75.06(2) do not apply to a complaint for validation filed under this subsection.
(9) The Florida Department of Transportation Financing Corporation is not a special district for purposes of chapter 189 or a unit of local government for purposes of part III of chapter 218. Chapters 120 and 215, except the limitation on the interest rates provided by s. 215.84, which applies to obligations of the corporation issued pursuant to this section, and part I of chapter 287, except ss. 287.0582 and 287.0641, do not apply to this section, the corporation, the service contracts entered into pursuant to this section, or debt obligations issued by the corporation as contemplated in this section.
(10) The benefits and earnings of the Florida Department of Transportation Financing Corporation may not inure to the benefit of any private person.
(11) Upon dissolution of the Florida Department of Transportation Financing Corporation, title to all property owned by the corporation shall revert to the state.
(12) The Florida Department of Transportation Financing Corporation may contract with the State Board of Administration to serve as a trustee with respect to debt obligations issued by the corporation as contemplated by this section; to hold, administer, and invest proceeds of such debt obligations and other funds of the corporation; and to perform other services required by the corporation. The State Board of Administration may perform such services and may contract with others to provide all or a part of such services and to recover its and such other costs and expenses thereof.
(13) The department may enter into a service contract in conjunction with the issuance of debt obligations as provided in this section which provides for periodic payments for debt service or other amounts payable with respect to debt obligations, plus any administrative expenses of the Florida Department of Transportation Financing Corporation.
History.—s. 15, ch. 2016-181.