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473.197 Housing bond credit enhancement program.

Subdivision 1. Authorization. The metropolitan council may establish a housing bond credit enhancement program as provided in this section. The council may pledge its full faith and credit and taxing powers to the payment of bonds issued under section 469.034 for qualified housing development projects in the metropolitan area, as provided in this section. A "qualified housing development project" has the meaning given that term in section 469.034, subdivision 2, paragraph (e), except that the council is substituted for "general jurisdiction governmental unit" in clause (3) and "60 percent of the median family income" is substituted for "80 percent of the median family income."

Subd. 2. Project selection. Before pledging its full faith and credit, the council must establish criteria for selecting appropriate qualified housing development projects for the credit enhancement program. The council may award preferences for qualified housing development projects that meet criteria for preferences established by the council. The council must establish the criteria in consultation with housing providers in the metropolitan area. In developing priorities for projects for the credit enhancement program, the council shall give priority to projects that develop or redevelop housing for low-income households. The council shall consider the extent to which projects for the credit enhancement program are developed in collaboration with Minnesota Youth-Build under sections 268.361 to 268.367; or training for housing programs for homeless adults under Laws 1992, chapter 376, article 6; or other employment training programs.

Subd. 3. Limitation. The aggregate principal amount of bonds that may be secured by a pledge of the council's full faith and credit under this section may not exceed $20,000,000. The bonds must be payable from revenues derived from the project or projects financed under the credit enhancement program, or from income of the authority or authorities that participate in the program, including earnings on any reserves established for the program. The council must find that the pledged revenues will equal or exceed 110 percent of the principal and interest due on the bonds.

Subd. 4. Debt reserve; levy. To provide money to pay debt service on bonds issued under the credit enhancement program if pledged revenues are insufficient to pay debt service, the council must maintain a debt reserve fund in the manner and with the effect provided by section 118A.04 for public funds. To provide funds for the debt reserve fund, the council may use up to $3,000,000 of the proceeds of solid waste bonds issued by the council under section 473.831 before its repeal. To provide additional funds for the debt reserve fund, the council may levy a tax on all taxable property in the metropolitan area and must levy the tax if sums in the debt reserve fund are insufficient to cure any deficiency in the debt service fund established for the bonds. The tax authorized by this section does not affect the amount or rate of taxes that may be levied by the council for other purposes and is not subject to limit as to rate or amount.

Subd. 5. Agreements. The council and each authority that participates in the credit enhancement program may enter into agreements they determine to be necessary to implement the credit enhancement program. The agreements may extend over any period, notwithstanding any law to the contrary.

HIST: 1994 c 587 art 12 s 22; 1996 c 399 art 2 s 8