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HF 1175

2nd Engrossment - 85th Legislature (2007 - 2008) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am

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A bill for an act
relating to state finance; modifying certain statutory provisions relating to
aircraft facilities; modifying aircraft facilities state financing to allow flexibility
in obtaining a new lessee for the facility; amending Minnesota Statutes 2006,
sections 116R.01, subdivision 6; 116R.02, subdivisions 1, 2, 4, 5; 116R.03;
116R.05, subdivision 2; 116R.11, subdivision 1; 116R.12, by adding a
subdivision; 272.01, subdivision 2; 290.06, subdivision 24; 297A.71, subdivision
10; 360.013, subdivision 39; 360.032, subdivision 1; 360.038, subdivision 4;
repealing Minnesota Statutes 2006, sections 116R.02, subdivisions 3, 6, 7,
9; 116R.16.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 116R.01, subdivision 6, is amended to read:


Subd. 6.

Project.

"Project" means the facilities or any property described in section
116R.02, subdivision 5 deleted text beginor 6, as applicabledeleted text end.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 116R.02, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Sale authorization.

The commissioner of finance, upon the request
of the governor, may issue and sell revenue bonds as provided under sections 116R.01 to
deleted text begin 116R.16deleted text end new text begin116R.15 new text endin one or more series or issues for the purposes provided in this section
in the aggregate principal amount of up to $350,000,000, except for refunding bonds.
Proceeds of the bonds and investment income on the proceeds are appropriated in the
amounts and for the purposes specified in subdivisions 2deleted text begin,deleted text end new text beginand new text end5deleted text begin, and 6deleted text end and section 116R.04.

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 116R.02, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Loan, lease, and revenue agreements.

(a) The commissioner may loan
the proceeds of the bonds, make other loans or enter into lease agreements or other
revenue agreements for the deleted text beginprojectsdeleted text end new text beginproject new text enddescribed in deleted text beginsubdivisions 5 and 6deleted text endnew text begin subdivision
5
new text end. The commissioner may provide for servicing of the loans and agreements, the times
they are payable and the amounts of payments, the amount of the loans and agreements,
their security, and other terms, conditions, and provisions necessary or convenient in
connection with them and may enter into all necessary contracts and security instruments
in connection with them. The commissioner shall seek to obtain the best available terms
and security for the loans or agreements. The terms and security must be reasonably
determined by the commissioner to be adequate and of the kind and degree which would
be required by an investment banking or other financial institution. The facilities described
in deleted text beginsubdivisions 5 and 6deleted text end new text beginsubdivision 5 new text endmust be pledged as collateral for the loans made and
bonds issued under sections 116R.01 to deleted text begin116R.16deleted text endnew text begin 116R.15new text end.

(b) To reduce the risk that state general funds will be needed to pay debt service on
the state guaranteed bonds, the commissioner must require that the financing arrangements
include a coverage test satisfactory to the commissioner so that the sum of the value of the
assets and other security pledged to the payment of bonds or the rent due under any lease
of the project and taken into account by the commissioner is no less than 125 percent of
the difference between the outstanding state guaranteed bonds, and any cash collateral
held in a debt service reserve account and pledged to the payment of principal and interest
for the state guaranteed bonds and no other bonds. Assets and other security that may be
taken into account include (1) net unencumbered value of the project and any collateral
or third party guaranty, including a letter of credit, pledged or otherwise furnished by a
user of the project or by a benefited airline company as security for the payment of rent,
(2) bond proceeds, including earnings thereon, and (3) prepayments of rent, after making
such adjustments the commissioner determines to be appropriate to take into account
any outstanding bonds secured by a lien on the project or rent that is prior to the lien
securing the state guaranteed bonds, but excluding any cash collateral deducted from the
outstanding state guaranteed bonds in applying the coverage test. The commissioner may
adopt the method of valuing the assets and other security as the commissioner determines
to be appropriate, including valuation of the project at its original cost less depreciation.

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 116R.02, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

Security.

(a) If so provided in the commissioner's order or any indenture
authorizing the applicable series of bonds, up to $125,000,000 principal amount of bonds
for the facility described in subdivision 5, deleted text beginup to $50,000,000 principal amount of bonds
for the facility described in subdivision 6,
deleted text end and any bonds issued to refund these bonds may
be secured by either of the following methods:

(1) upon the occurrence of any deficiency in a debt service reserve fund for a series
of bonds as provided in section 116R.13, subdivision 3, the commissioner shall issue and
sell deficiency bonds in a principal amount not to exceed deleted text begin(i)deleted text end $125,000,000 for facilities
described in subdivision 5 deleted text beginand (ii) $50,000,000 for the facilities described in subdivision
6
deleted text end; or

(2) the bonds may be directly secured by a pledge of the full faith, credit, and taxing
power of the state and issued as general obligation revenue bonds of the state in accordance
with the Minnesota Constitution, article XI, sections 4 to 7. In no event may the security
provided by this paragraph extend in whole or part to any series of bonds other than the
initial series of bonds so secured and any series of bonds issued to refund these bonds.

Deficiency bonds and bonds issued under clause (2) must be issued in accordance
with and subject to sections 16A.641, 16A.66, 16A.672, and 16A.675, except for section
16A.641, subdivision 5, except as otherwise provided in Laws 1991, chapter 350, article
1, and except that the bonds may be sold at public or private sale at a price or prices
determined by the commissioner as provided in section 116R.13, subdivision 3.

(b) The commissioner may request St. Louis County to pay or secure payment of
principal and interest due on up to $12,600,000 principal amount of revenue bonds for the
facility described in subdivision 5 deleted text beginand principal and interest due on up to $15,000,000
principal amount of revenue bonds for the facility described in subdivision 6
deleted text end. At the
request of the commissioner, St. Louis County shall, by resolution of its county board,
unconditionally and irrevocably pledge as a general obligation, its full faith, credit, and
taxing power to pay or secure payment of principal and interest due on the principal
amount or amounts requested by the commissioner. The general obligation and pledge of
St. Louis County are not subject to and shall not be taken into account for purposes of any
debt limitation. A levy of taxes for the St. Louis County general obligation is not subject
to and shall not be taken into account for purposes of any levy limitations. The general
obligation and the bonds secured by the general obligation may be issued without an
election. Except for sections 475.61 and 475.64, chapter 475 does not apply to the general
obligation or to the bonds secured by the general obligation.

(c) The commissioner may request the city of Duluth to pay or secure payment of
principal and interest due on up to $47,600,000 principal amount of revenue bonds for the
facility described in subdivision 5. At the request of the commissioner, the city of Duluth
shall pledge specified revenues of the city, as provided in Laws 1991, chapter 350, article
1, section 24, to pay principal and interest due on the principal amount requested by
the commissioner.

(d) Bonds and deficiency bonds issued under sections 116R.01 to deleted text begin116R.16deleted text end new text begin116R.15
new text endand any indenture entered into in connection with the issuance of the bonds are not subject
to section 16B.06.

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 116R.02, subdivision 5, is amended to read:


Subd. 5.

Use of proceeds; aircraft maintenance facility.

The proceeds of the
bonds issued in a principal amount not to exceed $250,000,000 may be used to finance
the costs related to the planning, construction, improvement, or equipping of a heavy
maintenance facility for aircraft and facilities subordinate and related to the facility to be
located at the Duluth International Airport and any costs of issuance, reserves, credit
enhancement, or an initial period of interest payments related to the bonds or the facility.
The bond proceeds are appropriated to the commissioner for the purposes specified in this
subdivision. deleted text beginThe facility may be owned by the Metropolitan Airports Commission and
leased for the benefit of one or more airline companies for use as a heavy maintenance
base.
deleted text end With the approval of the commissioner, the owner of the facility may place a
mortgage or security interest lien on the facility or any interest in or part of the facility.
The mortgage is exempt from the mortgage registry tax imposed under chapter 287. In
the event of a default under the loan, lease agreement, or other revenue agreement, the
facility, or any part of the facility, may be leased or sold to another person for any lawful
purpose, subject to the approval of the commissioner. The approval of the commissioner
is not required if the bond trustee has taken control of the facility as a result of a default.

The ownership of the facility by the owner may create no liability of the owner for
payment of the debt service on the bonds if so determined by the commissioner. The
owner may require as a condition of entering into the lease of the facility that the lessee or
other party pay all costs, expenses, or any other obligations of ownership of the facility.

No revenues derived from the lease of the project may be used other than for a
purpose related to the project, including its operation, administration, maintenance,
improvement, or financing.

Sec. 6.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 116R.03, is amended to read:


116R.03 GENERAL POWERS.

For the purpose of exercising the specific powers authorized under sections 116R.01
to deleted text begin116R.16deleted text end new text begin116R.15 new text endand effectuating the other purposes of sections 116R.01 to deleted text begin116R.16,deleted text end
new text begin 116R.15, new text endthe commissioner may:

(1) acquire, hold, pledge, assign, new text beginlease, new text endor dispose of real or personal property or
any interest in property, including a mortgage or security interest in a facility described in
section 116R.02, subdivision 5 deleted text beginor 6deleted text end;

(2) enter into agreements, contracts, or other transactions with any federal or state
agency, any person and any domestic or foreign partnership, corporation, association, or
organization, including contracts or agreements for administration and implementation of
all or part of sections 116R.01 to deleted text begin116R.16deleted text end new text begin116R.15new text end;

(3) acquire real property, or an interest therein, by purchase or foreclosure, where
the acquisition is necessary or appropriate;

(4) enter into agreements with lenders, borrowers, or the issuers of securities for the
purpose of regulating the development and management of any facility financed in whole
or in part by the proceeds of bonds or loans;

(5) enter into agreements with other appropriate federal, state, or local governmental
units; deleted text beginand
deleted text end

(6) contract with, use, or employ any federal, state, regional, or local public or
private agency or organization, legal counsel, financial advisors, investment bankers or
others, upon terms the commissioner considers necessary or desirable, to assist in the
exercise of any of the powers authorized under sections 116R.01 to deleted text begin116R.16deleted text end new text begin116R.15new text end and
to carry out the objectives of sections 116R.01 to deleted text begin116R.16deleted text end new text begin116R.15new text end and may pay for the
services from bond proceeds or otherwise available department moneydeleted text begin.deleted text endnew text begin; andnew text end

new text begin (7) in the event of a default under the loan, lease agreement, or other revenue
agreement, the facility, or any part of the facility, may be leased or sold to another person
for any lawful purpose. The lease or sale is subject to the approval of the commissioner if
there are bonds outstanding for financing the facility. The approval of the commissioner is
not required if the bond trustee has taken control of the facility as a result of a default.
new text end

Sec. 7.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 116R.05, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Sources of payment.

Except as otherwise provided for bonds issued
under section 116R.02, subdivision 4, paragraph (a), the bonds and interest payable
thereon are payable solely from the following sources and are irrevocably appropriated
for that purpose, but only to the extent provided in the order or indenture authorizing or
securing the bonds:

(1) revenues of any nature derived from the ownership, lease, operation, sale,
foreclosure, or refinancing of a project described in section 116R.02, subdivision 5 deleted text beginor 6deleted text end;

(2) repayments of any loans made under sections 116R.01 to deleted text begin116R.16deleted text endnew text begin 116R.15new text end;

(3) proceeds of any bonds or deficiency bonds;

(4) amounts in any account or accounts authorized by section 116R.11 or 116R.12;

(5) amounts paid by St. Louis County under its obligations referred to in section
116R.02, subdivision 4, and amounts paid under Laws 1991, chapter 350, article 1, section
24 or 25, for the payment of bonds or interest thereon;

(6) amounts payable under any insurance policy, guaranty, letter of credit, or other
instrument securing the bonds;

(7) any other revenues which the commissioner may pledge but excluding state
appropriations unless the appropriation was specifically designated for that purpose; and

(8) investment income on any of the sources specified in clauses (1) to (7).

Sec. 8.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 116R.11, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Funds.

The commissioner or any trustee appointed by the
commissioner under sections 116R.01 to deleted text begin116R.16deleted text end new text begin116R.15 new text endshall establish and maintain an
aircraft facilities fund for deleted text begineach of the projectsdeleted text end new text beginthe project new text enddescribed in section 116R.02,
deleted text begin subdivisions 5 and 6deleted text endnew text begin subdivision 5new text end
. Except for amounts required by the commissioner to
be deposited in a debt service account, proceeds of each issue of bonds authorized under
section 116R.02, subdivision 1, must be deposited in a separate account, debt service
reserve, or other account designated by the commissioner. Money in the account is
appropriated to the commissioner. The commissioner or the owner of deleted text begineachdeleted text end new text beginthe new text endproject
described in section 116R.02, deleted text beginsubdivisions 5 and 6deleted text endnew text begin subdivision 5new text end, may withdraw proceeds
of bonds for application to the appropriated purposes in the manner provided by order
of the commissioner or in any indenture authorized by order of the commissioner. The
commissioner may establish whatever accounts might be necessary to carry out sections
116R.01 to deleted text begin116R.16deleted text endnew text begin 116R.15new text end. All deposits into and disbursements from accounts for the
purposes and from the sources of revenue authorized by sections 116R.01 to deleted text begin116R.16deleted text end
new text begin 116R.15 new text endand provided in an order of the commissioner or an indenture or other agreement
authorized by the commissioner are appropriated for that purpose.

Sec. 9.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 116R.12, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Approval. new text end

new text begin The approval of the commissioner is not required if the bond
trustee has taken control of the facility as a result of a default.
new text end

Sec. 10.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 272.01, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Exempt property used by private entity for profit.

(a) When any real or
personal property which is exempt from ad valorem taxes, and taxes in lieu thereof, is
leased, loaned, or otherwise made available and used by a private individual, association,
or corporation in connection with a business conducted for profit, there shall be imposed a
tax, for the privilege of so using or possessing such real or personal property, in the same
amount and to the same extent as though the lessee or user was the owner of such property.

(b) The tax imposed by this subdivision shall not apply to:

(1) property leased or used as a concession in or relative to the use in whole
or part of a public park, market, fairgrounds, port authority, economic development
authority established under chapter 469, municipal auditorium, municipal parking facility,
municipal museum, or municipal stadium;

(2) property of an airport owned by a city, town, county, or group thereof which is:

(i) leased to or used by any person or entity including a fixed base operator; and

(ii) used as a hangar for the storage or repair of aircraft or to provide aviation goods,
services, or facilities to the airport or general public;

the exception from taxation provided in this clause does not apply to:

(i) property located at an airport owned or operated by the Metropolitan Airports
Commission or by a city of over 50,000 population according to the most recent federal
census or such a city's airport authority;new text begin or
new text end

(ii) hangars leased by a private individual, association, or corporation in connection
with a business conducted for profit other than an aviation-related business; deleted text beginor
deleted text end

deleted text begin (iii) facilities leased by a private individual, association, or corporation in connection
with a business for profit, that consists of a major jet engine repair facility financed, in
whole or part, with the proceeds of state bonds and located in a tax increment financing
district;
deleted text end

(3) property constituting or used as a public pedestrian ramp or concourse in
connection with a public airport;

(4) property constituting or used as a passenger check-in area or ticket sale counter,
boarding area, or luggage claim area in connection with a public airport but not the
airports owned or operated by the Metropolitan Airports Commission or cities of over
50,000 population or an airport authority therein. Real estate owned by a municipality
in connection with the operation of a public airport and leased or used for agricultural
purposes is not exempt;

(5) property leased, loaned, or otherwise made available to a private individual,
corporation, or association under a cooperative farming agreement made pursuant to
section 97A.135; or

(6) property leased, loaned, or otherwise made available to a private individual,
corporation, or association under section 272.68, subdivision 4.

(c) Taxes imposed by this subdivision are payable as in the case of personal property
taxes and shall be assessed to the lessees or users of real or personal property in the same
manner as taxes assessed to owners of real or personal property, except that such taxes
shall not become a lien against the property. When due, the taxes shall constitute a debt
due from the lessee or user to the state, township, city, county, and school district for
which the taxes were assessed and shall be collected in the same manner as personal
property taxes. If property subject to the tax imposed by this subdivision is leased or used
jointly by two or more persons, each lessee or user shall be jointly and severally liable for
payment of the tax.

(d) The tax on real property of the state or any of its political subdivisions that is
leased by a private individual, association, or corporation and becomes taxable under
this subdivision or other provision of law must be assessed and collected as a personal
property assessment. The taxes do not become a lien against the real property.

Sec. 11.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 290.06, subdivision 24, is amended to read:


Subd. 24.

Credit for job creation.

(a) A corporation that leases and operates
a heavy maintenance base for aircraft that is owned by the state of Minnesota or one
of its political subdivisionsdeleted text begin, or an engine repair facility described in section 116R.02,
subdivision 6
, or both,
deleted text end may take a credit against the tax due under this chapter.

(b) For the first taxable year when the facility has been in operation for at least three
consecutive months, the credit is equal to $5,000 multiplied by the number of persons
employed by the corporation on a full-time basis at the facility on the last day of the taxable
year, not to exceed the number of persons employed by the corporation on a full-time basis
at the facility on the date 90 days before the last day of the taxable year. For each of the
succeeding four taxable years, the credit is equal to $5,000 multiplied by the number of
persons employed by the corporation on a full-time basis at the facility on the last day of
the taxable year, not to exceed the number of persons employed by the corporation on a
full-time basis at the facility on the date 90 days before the last day of the taxable year.

(c) For the first taxable year in which the credit is allowed for the facility, the credit
must not exceed 80 percent of the wages paid to or incurred for persons employed by the
taxpayer at the facility during the taxable year. For the succeeding four taxable years, the
credit must not exceed 20 percent of the wages paid to or incurred for persons employed
by the taxpayer at the facility during the taxable year. For purposes of this section,
"wages" has the meaning given under section 3121(b) of the Internal Revenue Code,
except the limitation to the contribution and benefit base does not apply.

(d) If the credit provided under this subdivision exceeds the tax liability of the
corporation for the taxable year, the excess amount of the credit may be carried over to
each of the 20 taxable years succeeding the taxable year. The entire amount of the credit
must be carried to the earliest taxable year to which the amount may be carried. The
unused portion of the credit must be carried to the following taxable year. No credit
may be carried to a taxable year more than 20 years after the taxable year in which the
credit was earned.

(e) If an unused portion of the credit remains at the end of the carryover period under
paragraph (d), the commissioner shall refund the unused portion to the taxpayer. The
provisions of this paragraph do not apply if the corporation that earned the credit under this
subdivision or a successor in interest to the corporation filed for bankruptcy protection.

Sec. 12.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 297A.71, subdivision 10, is amended to read:


Subd. 10.

Aircraft heavy maintenance facility.

Materials, equipment, and supplies
used or consumed in constructing a heavy maintenance facility for aircraft that is to be
owned by the state of Minnesota or one of its political subdivisions and leased by an airline
companydeleted text begin, or an aircraft engine repair facility described in section 116R.02, subdivision
6
, are
deleted text end new text beginis new text endexempt. Except for equipment owned or leased by a contractor, all machinery,
equipment, and tools necessary to the construction and equipping of that facility in order
to provide those services are also exempt.

Sec. 13.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 360.013, subdivision 39, is amended to read:


Subd. 39.

Airport.

"Airport" means any area of land or water, except a restricted
landing area, which is designed for the landing and takeoff of aircraft, whether or not
facilities are provided for the shelter, surfacing, or repair of aircraft, or for receiving or
discharging passengers or cargo, and all appurtenant areas used or suitable for airport
buildings or other airport facilities, deleted text beginincluding facilities described in section 116R.02,
subdivision 6
,
deleted text end and all appurtenant rights-of-way, whether heretofore or hereafter
established. The operation and maintenance of airports is an essential public service.

Sec. 14.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 360.032, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Acquisition.

Every municipality is hereby authorized, through its
governing body, to acquire property, real or personal, for the purpose of establishing,
constructing, and enlarging airports and other air navigation facilities and to acquire,
establish, construct, enlarge, improve, maintain, equip, operate, and regulate such airports
and other air navigation facilities and structures and other property incidental to their
operation, either within or without the territorial limits of such municipality and within
or without this state; to make, prior to any such acquisition, investigations, surveys, and
plans; to construct, install, and maintain airport facilities for the servicing deleted text beginand repairdeleted text end of
aircraft deleted text beginand facilities authorized under section 116R.02, subdivision 6deleted text end, and for the comfort
and accommodation of air travelers; and to purchase and sell equipment and supplies as
an incident to the operation of its airport properties. It may not acquire, or take over any
airport or other air navigation facility owned or controlled by any other municipality of
the state without the consent of such municipality. It may use for airport purposes any
available property that is now or may at any time hereafter be owned or controlled by it.
Such air navigation facilities as are established on airports shall be supplementary to and
coordinated in design and operation with those established and operated by the federal and
state governments. It may assist other municipalities in the construction of approach roads
leading to any airport or restricted landing area owned or controlled by it. deleted text beginIn financing the
facilities authorized under section 116R.02, subdivision 6, it may borrow from the state
or otherwise arrange for financing of the facilities and for that purpose may exercise any
powers vested in a municipality under sections 469.152 to 469.165.
deleted text end

Sec. 15.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 360.038, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

Leased property.

To lease for a term not exceeding 30 years such airportsdeleted text begin,deleted text end
new text begin or new text endother air navigation facilities deleted text beginor facilities authorized under section 116R.02, subdivision
6
,
deleted text end or real property acquired or set apart for airport purposes, to private parties, any
municipal or state government or the national government, or any department of either
thereof, for operation; to lease or assign for a term not exceeding 99 years to private
parties, any municipal or state government, or the national government, or any department
of either thereof, for operation or use consistent with the purposes of sections 360.011 to
360.076, space, area, improvements, or equipment on such airports; notwithstanding any
other provisions in this subdivision, to lease ground area for a term not exceeding 99 years
to private persons for the construction of structures which in its opinion are essential and
necessary to serve aircraft, persons, and things engaged in or incidental to aeronautics,
including but not limited to shops, hangars, offices, restaurants, hotels, motels, factories,
storage space, and any and all other structures necessary or essential to and consistent with
the purposes of sections 360.011 to 360.076, to sell any part of such airports, other air
navigation facilities, or real property to any municipal or state government, or to the
United States or any department or instrumentality thereof, for aeronautical purposes
incidental thereto, and to confer the privileges of concessions of supplying upon its
airports goods, commodities, things, services, and facilities; provided that in each case in
so doing the public is not deprived of its rightful, equal, and uniform use thereof.

Sec. 16. new text beginREVISOR'S INSTRUCTION.
new text end

new text begin The revisor of statutes shall change "116R.01 to 116R.16" to "116R.01 to 116R.15"
wherever it appears in Minnesota Statutes.
new text end

Sec. 17. new text begin REPEALER.
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new text begin Minnesota Statutes 2006, sections 116R.02, subdivisions 3, 6, 7, and 9; and 116R.16, new text end new text begin
are repealed.
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