BY COUNCILOR STEWART:
BE IT RESOLVED by the city council (the “City Council”) of the city of Duluth, St. Louis County, Minnesota (the “City”), as follows:
Section 1. Purpose and Authorization.
1.01 Pursuant to authority contained in Minnesota Statutes, Sections 410.325 and 412.261, and Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 475, the City is authorized to issue and sell general obligation tax and aid anticipation certificates of indebtedness in anticipation of collection of taxes and state aids. The City Council has, by Resolution No. 07-0013, adopted January 8, 2007, authorized the issuance and provided for the sale of $17,000,000 General Obligation Tax and Aid Anticipation Certificates of Indebtedness of 2007 (the “Certificates”) in anticipation of collection of taxes levied in the year 2006 for collection during the year 2007 and state aids receivable in 2007 for the general fund of the City (the “General Fund”), which is necessary for timely payment of anticipated expenditures from the General Fund.
1.02 Public Financial Management, Inc., financial consultant to the City, has given notification by mail, facsimile, electronic data transmission or other form of communication common to the municipal bond trade to at least five firms determined by Public Financial Management, Inc. to be prospective bidders on the Certificates at least two days (omitting Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays) before the date set for receipt of bids on the Certificates. All actions of the mayor, the clerk and Public Financial Management, Inc. taken with regard to the sale of the Certificates are hereby ratified and approved.
Section 2. Pursuant to such solicitation for bids for the sale of the Certificates, the City Council has received and considered all bids presented pursuant to the official terms of offering and has determined that the most favorable bid is that of ____________________ of _________________, _________________ (the “Purchaser”), to purchase the Certificates at a cash price of $_____________, plus accrued interest on the total principal amount from February 7, 2007, to the date of delivery of the Certificates and upon condition that the Certificates mature and bear interest at the times and annual rate set forth in Section 4. The City, after due consideration, finds such offer reasonable and proper and the offer of the Purchaser is hereby accepted. The mayor and the city clerk are authorized and directed to execute on the part of the City a contract for the sale of the Certificates in accordance with the Purchaser’s bid. The city treasurer is directed to deposit the good faith check of the successful bidder.
Section 3. The City Council hereby declares that the full faith and credit and taxing power of the City and the receipts of General Fund Taxes and State Aids (as hereinafter defined), to the extent necessary to repay the Certificates, shall be and are hereby at all times irrevocably pledged for the payment of principal and interest on the Certificates when due.
Section 4. The Certificates to be issued hereunder shall be dated February 7, 2007, shall be issued in the denomination of $5,000 each, or any integral multiple thereof, in fully registered form, and shall mature on December 31, 2007 (the “Maturity Date”). The Certificates shall not be subject to redemption prior to the Maturity Date. The Certificates shall bear interest at the rate of _______ percent per annum. Interest on the Certificates shall be payable on the Maturity Date. Interest shall be computed on the basis of a 360-day year of twelve 30-day months and will be rounded pursuant to the rules of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board. The Bond Registrar designated below shall make the interest payment with respect to the Certificates by check or draft mailed to the registered owners of the Certificates shown on the bond registration records maintained by the Bond Registrar at the close of business on December 16, 2007, whether or not a business day, at such owners’ addresses shown on such bond registration records. Principal of each Certificate shall be payable in accordance with and on presentation and surrender of the Certificate to the Bond Registrar.
Section 5. The City Council hereby appoints Wells Fargo Bank, National Association of Minneapolis, Minnesota, as registrar, authenticating agent, paying agent and transfer agent for the Certificates (such bank or its successor thereof is herein referred to as the “Bond Registrar”). To provide for the Bond Registrar services, the mayor and the clerk are authorized and directed to execute a bond registrar/paying agent agreement substantially in the form of the agreement currently on file in the office of the city clerk as Public Document No. 04-0219-03. No Certificate shall be valid or obligatory for any purpose unless or until the Bond Registrar’s authentication certificate on such Certificate, substantially as set forth in Section 13 hereof, shall have been duly executed by an authorized representative of the Bond Registrar. Authentication certificates on different Certificates need not be signed by the same representative. The executed authentication certificate on each Certificate shall be conclusive evidence that it has been authenticated and delivered under this resolution.
Section 6. A. In order to make the Certificates eligible for the services provided by The Depository Trust Company, New York, New York (“DTC”), the City has previously agreed to the applicable provisions set forth in the Blanket Issuer Letter of Representations which has been executed by the City and DTC (the “Representation Letter”).
B. All of the Certificates shall be registered in the name of Cede & Co., as nominee for DTC. Payment of interest on and principal of any Certificate registered in the name of Cede & Co. shall be made by wire transfer or New York Clearing House or equivalent same day funds by 10:00 a.m. CT or as soon thereafter as possible thereafter to the account of Cede & Co. on the Maturity Date at the address indicated in or pursuant to Representation Letter.
C. Additional matters with respect to, among other things, notices, consents and approvals by Certificate holders and payments on the Certificates are set forth in the Representation Letter.
Section 7. The City shall cause to be kept by the Bond Registrar a bond register in which, subject to such reasonable regulations as the Bond Registrar may prescribe, the City shall provide for the registration of the Certificates and the registration of transfers of the Certificates entitled to be registered or transferred as herein provided. In the event of the resignation or removal of the Bond Registrar or its incapability of acting as such, the bond registration records shall be maintained at the office of the successor Bond Registrar that may be appointed by the City Council. Upon surrender for transfer of any Certificate at the principal corporate office of the Bond Registrar, the City shall execute and the Bond Registrar shall authenticate, if required by law or this resolution, and deliver, in the names(s) of the designated transferee(s), one or more new certificates of a like aggregate principal amount, as requested by the transferor.
Section 8. Each Certificate delivered upon transfer of or in exchange for or in lieu of any other Certificate shall carry all of the rights to interest, accrued and unpaid and to accrue, which are carried by such other Certificate. The City and the Bond Registrar shall not be required to make any transfer or exchange of any Certificates during the 15 days next preceding the Maturity Date.
Section 9. The City and the Bond Registrar may treat the person in whose name any Certificate is registered as the owner of such Certificate for the purpose of receiving payment of principal of and interest on such Certificate and for all other purposes whatsoever, whether or not such Certificate be overdue, and neither the City nor the Bond Registrar shall be affected by notice to the contrary.
Section 10. The principal of and interest on the Certificates shall be payable by the Bond Registrar, as paying agent, in such funds as are legal tender for the payment of debts due the United States of America. The City shall pay the reasonable and customary charges of the Bond Registrar for the disbursement of principal and interest.
Section 11. Delivery of the Certificates and payment of the purchase price shall be made at a place mutually satisfactory to the City and the Purchaser. Executed Certificates shall be furnished by the City without cost to the Purchaser. The Certificates, when prepared in accordance with this resolution and executed, shall be delivered by or under the direction of the city treasurer to the Purchaser thereof upon receipt of the purchase price plus accrued interest.
Section 12. The Certificates shall be prepared for execution in accordance with the form herein approved and shall be signed by the manual or facsimile signature of the mayor and attested by the manual or facsimile signature of the city clerk. If the legal opinion of Fryberger, Buchanan, Smith & Frederick, P.A. is not manually signed, the certificate as to legal opinion on each Certificate shall be executed by the manual signature of the city clerk. In case any officer whose signature shall appear on the Certificates ceases to be an officer before delivery of the Certificates, such signature shall nevertheless be valid and sufficient for all purposes, as if he or she had remained in office until delivery.
Section 13. The Certificates to be issued hereunder shall be printed or typewritten in substantially the following form:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
STATE OF MINNESOTA
COUNTY OF ST. LOUIS
CITY OF DULUTH
GENERAL OBLIGATION TAX AND AID ANTICIPATION CERTIFICATE
OF INDEBTEDNESS OF 2007
REGISTERED OWNER: CEDE & CO.
PRINCIPAL AMOUNT: SEVENTEEN MILLION DOLLARS
The City of Duluth, in the County of St. Louis, State of Minnesota (the “City”), acknowledges itself to be indebted and for value received hereby promises to pay to the registered owner specified above, or registered assigns, the principal amount specified above on the maturity date specified above, together with interest thereon from the date of original issue specified above until paid at the annual interest rate specified above. Interest shall be computed on the basis of a 360-day year of twelve 30-day months. Interest on this Certificate shall be payable on the maturity date set forth above. This Certificate is not subject to redemption prior to maturity. Both principal and interest are payable at Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as registrar, paying agent, authenticating agent and transfer agent (the “Bond Registrar”), or at the office of such successor Bond Registrar as may be designated by the City Council, in coin or currency of the United States of America, which on the date of payment is legal tender for payment of public and private debts. The Bond Registrar shall make the interest payment with respect to this Certificate directly to the registered owner hereof shown on the bond registration records maintained on behalf of the City by the Bond Registrar at the close of business on December 16, 2007, whether or not a business day, at such owner’s address shown on said bond registration records. Payment of principal of the Certificates shall be made to the registered owner upon presentation and surrender of this Certificate to the Bond Registrar when due.
This Certificate is issued by the City in the aggregate amount of $17,000,000, pursuant to the authority contained in Minnesota Statutes, Sections 410.325 and 412.261, and Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 475, and pursuant to a resolution adopted by the City Council of the City on January 25, 2007 (the “Resolution”).
It is hereby certified and recited that a sum of $35,026,500 was the amount (i) embraced in the tax levies for the general fund (the “Fund”) of the City levied in the year 2006 for collection during the year 2007, and (ii) the estimated amount of state aids receivable by the City for the Fund in the year 2007; and that none of said amounts have at this time been collected and credited to the City’s Fund; that heretofore no tax or aid anticipation certificates have been issued against said tax levies or state aids for such Fund; and that this Certificate is issued in anticipation of collection of said taxes and state aids.
This Certificate constitutes a general obligation of the City, and the full faith and credit and taxing powers of the City have been and are hereby irrevocably pledged to provide monies for the prompt and full payment of principal and interest when due. This Certificate is payable from a special debt service fund of the City established for payment of the Certificates by the Resolution, to which reference is made for a full statement of rights and powers thereby conferred.
The Certificates of this series are issued as fully registered certificates without coupons, in the denomination of $5,000 each, or any integral multiple thereof. Subject to limitations set forth in the Resolution, the City will, at the request of the registered owner, issue one or more new fully registered certificates in the name of the registered owner in the aggregate principal amount equal to the unpaid principal balance of this Certificate, and of like tenor except as to number and principal amount. Subject to the limitations set forth in the Resolution, this Certificate is transferable by the registered owner hereof upon surrender of this Certificate for transfer at the principal corporate office of the Bond Registrar, duly endorsed or accompanied by a written instrument of transfer in form satisfactory to the Bond Registrar and executed by the registered owner hereof or the owner’s attorney duly authorized in writing. Thereupon the City shall execute and the Bond Registrar shall authenticate and deliver, in exchange for this Certificate, one or more new fully registered certificates in the name of the transferee, of an authorized denomination, in an aggregate principal amount equal to the unpaid principal amount of this Certificate.
IT IS FURTHER CERTIFIED AND RECITED that all acts and conditions required by the Constitution and laws of the State of Minnesota to be done, and to exist precedent to and in the issuance of this Certificate in order to make it a valid and binding general obligation of the City in accordance with its terms, have been done and do exist in form, time, and manner as so required; and this Certificate, together with all other debts of the City outstanding on the date hereof and the date of its actual issuance and delivery, does not exceed any constitutional or statutory limitation of indebtedness; that all taxable property within the boundaries of the City is subject to the levy of ad valorem taxes to the extent needed to pay the principal hereof and the interest hereon when due, without limitation as to rate or amount.
This Certificate shall not be valid or become obligatory for any purpose or be entitled to any security or benefit under the Resolution until the Bond Registrar’s Authentication Certificate hereon shall have been executed by the Bond Registrar by one of its authorized representatives.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, City of Duluth, by its City Council, has caused this Certificate to be executed in its name by the facsimile signatures of the mayor and the city clerk; and the City has caused this Certificate to be dated the Seventh day of February, 2007.
City Clerk Mayor
Date of Authentication: __________________
BOND REGISTRAR’S AUTHENTICATION CERTIFICATE
The Bond Registrar confirms that the books reflect the ownership of a Certificate registered in the name of the owner named above in the principal amount stated above and this Certificate is one of the Certificates of the series issued pursuant to the Resolution hereinabove described.
WELLS FARGO BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION
This Certificate must be registered as to both principal and interest in the name of the owner on the books to be kept by Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, as Bond Registrar. No transfer of this Certificate shall be valid unless made on said books by the registered owner or the owner’s attorney thereunto duly authorized and similarly noted on the registration books. The ownership of the unpaid principal balance of this Certificate and the interest accruing thereon is registered on the books of Wells Fargo Bank, National Association in the name of the registered owner last noted below.
FOR VALUE RECEIVED, the undersigned sells, assigns, and transfers unto ___________
(Name and Address of Assignee)
___________________ Social Security or other
Identifying Number of
the within Certificate and all rights thereunder and does hereby irrevocably constitute and appoint _____________________________ attorney to transfer the said Certificate on the books kept for registration thereof with full power of substitution in the premises.
NOTICE: The signature of this assignment must correspond with the name of the registered owner as it appears upon the face of the within Certificate in every particular, without alteration or enlargement or any change whatsoever.
(Bank, Trust Company, member of
National Securities Exchange)
Unless this Certificate is presented by an authorized representative of The Depository Trust Company, a New York corporation (“DTC”), to the City or its agent for registration of transfer, exchange, or payment, and any certificate issued is registered in the name of Cede & Co. or in such other name as is requested by an authorized representative of DTC (and any payment is made to Cede & Co. or to such other entity as is requested by an authorized representative of DTC), ANY TRANSFER, PLEDGE, OR OTHER USE HEREOF FOR VALUE OR OTHERWISE BY OR TO ANY PERSON IS WRONGFUL, inasmuch as the registered owner hereof, Cede & Co., has an interest herein.
(Certificate as to Legal Opinion)
I certify that attached hereto is a full, true, and correct copy of the legal opinion rendered by Bond Counsel on the issuance of the General Obligation Tax and Aid Anticipation Certificates of Indebtedness of 2007, of the City of Duluth which includes the within Certificate, dated as of the original date of delivery of and payment for the Certificates.
Section 14. A. The treasurer shall credit $17,000,000, less amounts used to pay a part of the interest cost of the Certificates as allowed by Minnesota Statutes, Section 475.56, from the proceeds of the sale of the Certificates to the General Fund maintained under Section 54 of the City Charter. A special account is hereby created in the debt service fund of the City (the “Debt Service Account”), to be used solely for the payment of interest on and the principal of the Certificates when due. The treasurer shall credit to the Debt Service Account all proceeds of the Certificates in excess of $17,000,000, plus the amount of accrued interest paid by the Purchaser. The treasurer shall pay the costs of issuance of the Certificates from the General Fund.
B. The City Council has levied $630,000, pursuant to Section 3 of Ordinance No. 9810 (the “Certificates Interest Levy”), to be utilized in part to pay the interest on the Certificates. The City Council covenants and agrees that it will deposit into the Debt Service Account, as received, all of the Certificates Interest Levy up to 100% of the amount necessary to pay the interest on the Certificates. The City Council hereby certifies that the General Fund Taxes are $7,186,300, and based on notices from the Minnesota Department of Revenue, the State Aids are reasonably expected to be $27,840,200.
C. The City Council hereby declares that the full faith and credit and taxing power of the City and the proceeds of the current tax levies for the General Fund, which is the amount levied in Section 2 of Ordinance No. 9810, adopted by the City Council on December 18, 2006 (the “General Fund Taxes”), and the amounts of state aids from Local Government Aid receivable from the state of Minnesota for the General Fund in 2007 (the “General Fund State Aids”) (collectively the General Fund Taxes and the General Fund State Aids are the “General Fund Taxes and State Aids”), to the extent necessary to repay the Certificates, shall be and are hereby at all times irrevocably pledged for the payment of principal and interest on the Certificates when due. If the General Fund Taxes and State Aids are insufficient to pay all principal and interest on the Certificates when due, the treasurer shall, nevertheless, provide sufficient monies from other funds of the City which are available for that purpose, and such other funds shall be reimbursed from said accounts when the balances therein are sufficient. It is recognized that the City’s liability on the Certificates is not limited to the collection of said General Fund Taxes and State Aids, and the City Council covenants and agrees that it will levy upon all taxable property within the City, and cause to be extended, assessed and collected, any additional taxes found necessary for full payment of the principal and interest, without limitation as to rate or amount.
Section 15. The City Council covenants and agrees with the holders of the Certificates that the City will (i) take all action on its part necessary to cause the interest on the Certificates to be exempt from federal income taxes including, without limitation, restricting, to the extent necessary, the yield on investments made with the proceeds of the Certificates and investment earnings thereon, making required payments to the federal government, if any, and maintaining books and records in a specified manner, where appropriate, and (ii) refrain from taking any action which would cause interest on the Certificates to be subject to federal income taxes, including, without limitation, refraining from spending the proceeds of the Certificates and investment earnings thereon on certain specified purposes.
Section 16. The city clerk is directed to file with the county auditor of St. Louis County, Minnesota, a certified copy of this resolution, and such other information as the county auditor may require, and to obtain from the county auditor a certificate stating that the Certificates herein authorized have been duly entered on the county auditor’s register.
Section 17. The officers of the City and the county auditor are authorized and directed to prepare and furnish to the Purchaser and to bond counsel certified copies of all proceedings and records of the City pertaining to the authorization, issuance, and sale of the Certificates and such other affidavits and certificates as may reasonably be required to show the facts relating to the legality and marketability of the Certificates as such facts appear from the official books and records of the officers’ custody or are otherwise known. All such certified copies, certificates, and affidavits, including any heretofore furnished, constitute representations of the City as to the correctness of facts recited therein and the actions stated therein to have been taken.
Section 18. In the event of the absence or disability of the mayor, the city clerk or the treasurer, such officers or members of the City Council, as in the opinion of the City’s attorney, may act in their behalf, shall without further act or authorization, execute and deliver the Certificates, and do all things and execute all instruments and documents required to be done or executed by such absent or disabled officers.
Section 19. The City acknowledges that the Certificates are subject to the continuing disclosure requirements of Rule 15c2-12 promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (17 C.F.R. § 240.15c2-12) (the “Rule”). The Rule governs the obligations of certain underwriters to require that issuers of municipal bonds enter into agreements for the benefit of the bondholders to provide continuing disclosure with respect to the obligations. To provide for the public availability of certain information relating to the Certificates and the security therefor and to permit underwriters of the Certificates to comply with the Rule, which will enhance the marketability of the Certificates, the mayor and the clerk are hereby authorized and directed to execute a continuing disclosure certificate substantially in the form of the certificate currently on file in the office of the city clerk as Public Document No. 04-0219-03.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: This resolution establishes the terms and form and awards the sale of the City’s $17,000,000 General Obligation Tax and Aid Anticipation Certificates to ____________________________ at a true interest cost of _____%.