As used in this chapter, the following words and terms shall have the following respective meanings:
(1) CONDITIONS OF A GRANT. The terms and conditions upon which a grant is made by a donor.
(2) COUNTY. Any county of the state.
(3) DONOR. The United States of America, or the state, or any county in the state or any municipality or any department, division, board, bureau, institution or agency of any of the foregoing, or any person, firm or corporation, institution, foundation or other agency or any combination of any two or more such donors.
(4) GOVERNING BODY. The county commission, board of directors or other group or body which governs, controls or makes decisions for a grantee.
(5) GRANT. Any gift, grant, appropriation, donation, or advance by any donor, whether absolute or conditional, for any purpose.
(6) GRANTEE. Any county, or any department, board, bureau, commission or agency of any county, whether incorporated or not, acting on behalf of the county, or any public corporation, to which a grant is to be made.
(7) PUBLIC CORPORATION. Any board, authority or other county public corporation incorporated with the approval of, or more than one of the directors of which are elected or appointed by, the governing body of a county. A county board of education shall be considered a public corporation within the meaning of this chapter.
(8) SECURITIES. One or more bonds, notes, warrants or certificates of indebtedness of a county or public corporation.
(9) STATE. The state of Alabama.
Each grantee shall have the power, and, when approved by its governing body, the authority, to do or perform any one or more of the following:
Each county and each public corporation shall have the power and, when approved by its governing body, the authority, to do or perform any one or more of the following:
(1) To anticipate the receipt of any grant either by loan or by assignment or both; to issue securities to evidence such loan or assignment; to make such securities the general obligation indebtedness of the issuer or the obligation of the issuer limited or restricted as to source of payment and security to all or a portion of the proceeds of the grant or to any revenue, receipts or income or any special tax or license of the issuer, or any one or more thereof.
(2) To pledge to the holders of any securities issued pursuant to this chapter the full faith and credit of the issuer and in addition to, or instead of such pledge, to pledge and grant a security interest in all or a portion of the proceeds of the grant or any revenue, receipts or income or any special tax or license of the issuer, or any one or more thereof; or to mortgage or grant a security interest in any property of the issuer as security for any such securities, as the governing body of the issuer may determine.
(3) To pledge, assign and grant a security interest in all or any part of the proceeds of any grant to the holders of any securities issued by the county or the public corporation for any lawful purpose under the authority of any law other than this chapter.
Securities issued under the authority of this chapter shall mature at such time or times as the governing body of the issuer shall determine, not later than the date on which the last installment of the grant is reasonably expected to be received. The total principal amount of securities which may be issued in respect of a grant shall not exceed the reasonably estimated proceeds of the grant. The determination of the governing body of the issuer of the date on which the last installment of the grant will be received and the amounts of the proceeds of any grant to be received shall be conclusive. Securities issued under the authority of this chapter shall be of such denomination and tenor, shall contain such covenants and restrictions and provisions and shall be payable at such place or places, within or without the state, as the governing body of the issuer shall determine. Such securities shall be executed in the name of the issuer by such officer or member of the governing body of the issuer as such governing body may direct and attested by such other officer or member of the governing body, as such governing body shall divest, with the seal of the issuer impressed thereon, but coupons for interest, if interest is evidenced by coupons, need be signed only by such officer or member of the governing body of the issuer who executed the securities. Execution by facsimile signature and seal in the manner authorized by law for bonds of a county may be authorized by the governing body.
All securities issued by authority of this chapter and the interest thereon shall be exempt from all taxation in the state.
Securities issued under the authority of this chapter shall be securities in which the state, the grantee, all counties and political subdivisions of the state, their officers, boards, departments or agencies and all banks, bankers, trust companies, savings and loan associations, investment companies and other persons carrying on a banking business, all insurance companies and insurance associations and other persons carrying on an insurance business, all administrators, executors, guardians, trustees and other fiduciaries, and all other persons who now are or may hereafter be authorized to invest in securities issued by a county, may properly and legally invest any funds, including capital belonging to them or within their control.
No proceeding, notice or approval shall be required for the issuance of any securities under this chapter. Neither a public hearing nor the consent of the state department of finance shall be a prerequisite to the issuance of any securities under this chapter.
The provisions of chapter 8, Title 11 shall not apply to any securities issued under authority of this chapter or to any county or public corporation issuing such securities.
This chapter is intended to grant additional authority to grantees, counties and public corporations and shall not be considered to repeal, restrict or modify any law now in effect or hereafter enacted.