2007 -- H 6424 SUBSTITUTE A AS AMENDED
A N A C T
PROVIDING FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF ADDITIONS AND RENOVATIONS TO THE SCITUATE MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL COMPLEX AND AUTHORIZING FINANCING THEREOF, INCLUDING THE ISSUE OF NOT MORE THAN $9,200,000 IN BONDS THEREFOR
Introduced By: Representative Carol A. Mumford
Date Introduced: May 22, 2007
It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
SECTION 1. The Town of Scituate is here by empowered and authorized, in addition to
authority previously granted, to issue bonds in an amount not exceeding $9,200,000 from time to
time under its corporate name and seal or a facsimile of such seal. The bonds of each issue may
be issued in the form of serial bonds or term bonds or a combination thereof and shall be payable
either by maturity of principal in the case of serial bonds or by mandatory serial redemption in the
case of term bonds, in annual installments of principal, the first installment to be not later than
three (3) years and the last installment not later than twenty-three (23) years after the date of the
bonds. For each issue the amounts payable annually for principal and interest combined either
shall be as nearly equal from year to year as is practicable in the opinion of the officers authorized
to issue the bonds, or shall be arranged in accordance with a schedule providing for a more rapid
amortization of principal.
SECTION 2. The bonds shall be signed by the Town Treasurer and by the President of
the Town Council. The manner of the sale, denominations, maturities, interest rates, and other
terms, conditions, and details of any bonds or/notes issued under this act may be fixed by the
Town Council or to the extent provisions for these matters are not so made, they may be fixed by
the officers authorized to sign the bonds or notes. The proceeds derived from the sale of the bonds
shall be delivered to the Town Treasurer and such proceeds, exclusive of premiums and accrued
interest, and costs of issuance, shall be expended (a) for the designing, constructing, equipping
and furnishing of additions and renovations to the Scituate Middle/High School complex or (b)
payment of the principal of or interest on temporary notes issued under this act, or (c) and
repayment of advances under this act. No purchaser of any bonds or notes under this act shall be
in any way responsible for the proper application of the proceeds derived from the sale thereof.
The projects shall be carried out and all contracts made therefore on behalf of the district by the
school building committee or as may be otherwise directed by the school committee. The
proceeds of bond or notes issued under this act, any applicable state assistance, or other monies
referred to in this act shall be deemed appropriated for the purposes of this act without further
action than that required by this act.
SECTION 3. The Town Council may by resolution authorize the issuance from time to
time of interest bearing or discounted notes in anticipation of the issue of bonds under Section 2
or in anticipation of the receipt of federal or state aid for the purposes of this act. The amount of
original notes issued under this act in anticipation of bonds may not exceed the amount of bonds
which may be issued under this act and the amount of original notes issued in anticipation of
federal or state aid as estimated by the treasurer. Temporary notes issued hereunder shall be
signed by the Town Treasurer and by the President of the Town Council and shall be payable
within three years of their respective dates, but the principal of an interest on notes issued for a
shorter period may be renewed or paid from time to time by the issuance of other notes hereunder
provided the period from the date of an original note to the maturity of any note issued to renew
or pay the same debt or the interest thereon shall not exceed three years.
SECTION 4. Pending any authorization or issuance of bonds hereunder or pending or in
lieu of any authorization or issuance of notes hereunder, the Town Treasurer with the approval of
the President of the Town Council may to the extent that bonds or notes may be issued hereunder
apply funds in the treasury of the town to the purposes specified in Section 2; such advances to be
repaid without interest from the proceeds of bonds or notes subsequently issued or from the
proceeds of applicable federal or state assistance or from other available funds.
SECTION 5. Any proceeds of bonds or notes issued hereunder or of any applicable
federal or state assistance, pending their expenditure, may be deposited or invested by the
treasurer in demand deposits, time deposits, or saving deposits, in banks which are members of
the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, or in other obligations issued or guaranteed by the
United States of America or by any agency or instrumentality thereof or as may be provided in
any other applicable laws of the State of Rhode Island.
SECTION 6. Any accrued interest received upon the sale of bonds or notes hereunder
shall be applied to the payment of the first interest due thereon. Any premiums arising from the
sale of bonds or notes hereunder shall in the discretion of the treasurer be applied to the cost of
preparing, issuing, and marketing bonds or notes hereunder to the extent not otherwise provided
or to the payment of the cost of the projects or to the payment of the principal or of interest on
bonds or notes issued hereunder or to any one or more of the foregoing. The cost of preparing,
issuing, and marketing bonds or notes hereunder may also in the discretion of the treasurer be met
from bond or note proceeds exclusive of premium and accrued interest or from other monies
available therefor. Any balance of bond or note proceeds remaining after payment of the cost of
the project and the cost of preparing, issuing, and marketing bonds or notes hereunder shall be
applied to the payment of the principal of or interest on bonds or notes issued hereunder. Any
earnings or note profit realized from the deposit or investment of funds hereunder shall upon
receipt be added to and dealt with as part of the revenues of the Town.
SECTION 7. All bonds and notes issued under this act and the debts evidenced thereby
shall be obligatory on the Town in the same manner and to the same extent as other debts
lawfully contracted by it. No such obligation shall at any time be included in the debt of the Town
for the purpose of ascertaining its borrowing capacity and shall be excepted from the operation of
Section 45-12-2 of the General Laws. The Town shall annually appropriate an amount sufficient
to pay the principal and interest coming due within the year on bonds and notes issued hereunder
to the extent that monies therefor not otherwise provided. If such sum is not appropriated by the
Town, it shall nevertheless be added to the Town’s annual tax levy. In order to provide such sum
each year and notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, all taxable property in the
town shall be subject to ad valorem taxation by the town without limitation as to rate or amount.
SECTION 8. Any bonds or notes issued under the provisions of this act, if properly
executed by the officers of the Town in office on the date of execution, shall be valid and binding
according to their terms notwithstanding that before the delivery thereof and payment therefore
any and all of such officers for any reason have ceased to hold office.
SECTION 9. The Town acting by its school committee is authorized to apply for,
contract for, and expend any federal or state advances or other grants or assistance which may be
available for the purpose of this act and any such expenditures may be in addition to other monies
provided in this act. To the extent of any inconsistency between any law of this state and any
applicable federal law or regulation, the latter shall prevail. Federal and state advances, with
interest where applicable, whether contracted for prior to or after the effective date of this act,
may be repaid as project costs under Section 2.
SECTION 10. Bonds and notes may be issued under this act without obtaining the
approval of any governmental agency or the taking of any proceedings or the happening of any
conditions except a specifically required by this act or such issue. In carrying out any project
financed in whole or in part in this act, including where applicable to condemnation of any land
or interest in land and in the levy and collection of assessments or other charges permitted by law
on account of any such project, all actions shall be taken which are necessary to meet
constitutional requirements whether or not such action is otherwise required by statute; but the
validity of bonds and notes issued hereunder shall in no way depend upon the validity or
occurrence of such action.
SECTION 11. The question of the approval of this act shall be submitted to the voters of
the Town of Scituate at a special election to be held on such date and at such time as shall be
fixed by the Town Council. The question shall be submitted in substantially the following form:
“Shall an act passed at the 2007 session of the General Assembly entitled, ‘An act providing for
the construction of additions and renovations to the Scituate Middle/High School Complex and
authorizing the financing thereof, including the issue of not more than $9,200,000 in bonds
therefore’, be approved?” and the warning for the special election shall contain the question to be
submitted. From the time the special election is warned and until it is held, it shall be the duty of
the town clerk to keep a copy of the act available at the town office for public inspection but the
validity of the special election shall not be affected by this requirement.
SECTION 12. It shall be a condition precedent to receiving the 30% school aid
reimbursement that the project is approved by the Board of Regents prior to August 15, 2007.
SECTION 13. This Section and Sections 11 and 12 shall take effect upon passage. The
remainder of this act shall take effect upon the approval of this act by a majority of the voters
voting on the question as prescribed by Section 11.