«OFFICIAL STATEMENT DATED JUNE 20, 2013 NEW ISSUE NOT RATED In the opinion of Bond Counsel, interest on the Bonds will be excludable from gross income ...»
THE BONDS are issued in fully registered form only and mature, unless redeemed prior to maturity in accordance with the terms stated on the Bonds, on November 1 in each of the years specified in an Indenture of Trust (the “Indenture”), dated as of June 1, 2013, with U.S.
Bank National Association, as trustee (the “Trustee”), approved by the City Council of the City pursuant to an ordinance (the “Ordinance”) adopted by the City Council of the City authorizing the issuance of the Bonds. The Bonds accrue interest from the date, at the rates, and in the manner and interest is payable on the dates, all as provided in the Indenture.
We have acted as Bond Counsel for the City solely to pass upon the legality and validity of the Bonds under the Constitution and laws of the State of Texas and with respect to the exclusion of interest on the Bonds from gross income for federal income tax purposes, and none other. We have not been requested to investigate or verify, and have not independently investigated or verified, any records, data or other material relating to the financial condition or capabilities of the City or the history or prospects of the collection of Pledged Revenues, and have not assumed any responsibility with respect thereto. Capitalized terms used herein and not otherwise defined have the meanings assigned in the Indenture.
IN RENDERING THE OPINIONS herein we have examined and rely upon (i) original or certified copies of the proceedings had in connection with the issuance of the Bonds, including the Indenture, the Ordinance and an examination of the initial Bond executed and delivered by the City (which we found to be in due form and properly executed); (ii) certifications of officers of the City relating to the expected use and investment of proceeds of the sale of the Bonds and certain other funds of the City and (iii) other documentation and such matters of law as we deem relevant. In the examination of the proceedings relating to the issuance of the Bonds, we have assumed the authenticity of all documents submitted to us as originals, the conformity to original copies of all documents submitted to us as certified copies, and the accuracy of the statements contained in such documents and certifications.
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BASED ON OUR EXAMINATION, we are of the opinion that, under applicable law of the
United States of America and the State of Texas in force and effect on the date hereof:
1. The Bonds have been authorized, issued and delivered in accordance with law;
that the Bonds are valid, legally binding and enforceable limited obligations of the City in accordance with their terms payable solely from the Pledged Revenues, except to the extent the enforceability thereof may be limited by bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, moratorium, liquidation and other similar laws now or hereafter enacted relating to creditors’ rights generally.
2. Assuming continuing compliance after the date hereof by the City with the provisions of the Indenture and in reliance upon representations and certifications of the City made in a certificate of even date herewith pertaining to the use, expenditure, and investment of the proceeds of the Bonds, interest on the Bonds for federal income tax purposes (i) will be excludable from gross income, as defined in section 61 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended to the date hereof, of the owners thereof pursuant to section 103 of such Code, existing regulations, published rulings, and court decisions thereunder, and (ii) will not be included in computing the alternative minimum taxable income of individuals or, except as hereinafter described, corporations. Interest on the Bonds owned by a corporation will be included in such corporation’s adjusted current earnings for purposes of calculating the alternative minimum taxable income of such corporations, other than an S corporation, a qualified mutual fund, a real estate mortgage investment conduit, a real estate investment trust, or a financial asset securitization investment trust (FASIT). A corporation’s alternative minimum taxable income is the basis on which the alternative minimum tax imposed by Section 55 of the Code will be computed.
We express no opinion with respect to any other federal, state, or local tax consequences under present law or any proposed legislation resulting from the receipt or accrual of interest on, or the acquisition or disposition of, the Bonds. Ownership of tax-exempt obligations such as the Bonds may result in collateral federal tax consequences to, among others, financial institutions, property and casualty insurance companies, life insurance companies, certain foreign corporations doing business in the United States, S corporations with subchapter C earnings and profits, individual recipients of Social Security or Railroad Retirement Benefits, individuals otherwise qualifying for the earned income tax credit, owners of an interest in a FASIT, and taxpayers who may be deemed to have incurred or continued indebtedness to purchase or carry, or who have paid or incurred certain expenses allocable to, tax-exempt obligations.
Our opinions are based on existing law, which is subject to change. Such opinions are further based on our knowledge of facts as of the date hereof. We assume no duty to update or supplement our opinions to reflect any facts or circumstances that may thereafter come to our attention or to reflect any changes in any law that may thereafter occur or become effective.
Moreover, our opinions are not a guarantee of result and are not binding on the Internal Revenue Service; rather, such opinions represent our legal judgment based upon our review of existing law that we deem relevant to such opinions and in reliance upon the representations and covenants referenced above
This Continuing Disclosure Agreement dated as of June 1, 2013 (this “Disclosure Agreement”) is executed and delivered by and among the City of Austin, Texas (the “Issuer”), U.S. Bank National Association (the “Dissemination Agent”) and SLF III - Onion Creek, L.P. (the “Property Owner”) with respect to the Issuer’s Special Assessment Revenue Bonds, Series 2013 (Estancia Hill Country Public Improvement District) (the “Bonds”). The Issuer, the Dissemination Agent and the Property Owner
covenant and agree as follows:
SECTION 1. Purpose of the Disclosure Agreement.
This Disclosure Agreement is being executed and delivered by the Issuer, the Dissemination Agent and the Property Owner for the benefit of the Owners (as hereinafter defined) and beneficial owners of the Bonds.
SECTION 2. Definitions.
In addition to the definitions set forth above and in the Indenture of Trust dated as of June 1, 2013 (the “Indenture”), which apply to any capitalized term used in this Disclosure Agreement unless otherwise defined in this Section, the following capitalized terms shall
have the following meanings:
“Annual Bond Disclosure Report” shall mean any Annual Bond Disclosure Report provided by the Issuer pursuant to, and as described in, Sections 3 and 4 of this Disclosure Agreement.
“Disclosure Representative” shall mean the City Treasurer of the Issuer or his or her designee, and the general partner of the Property Owner or his or her designee, or such other officer or employee as the Issuer or the Property Owner, as applicable, may designate in writing to the Dissemination Agent from time to time.
“Dissemination Agent” shall mean the Trustee, or any successor Dissemination Agent designated in writing by the Issuer and which has filed with the Trustee a written acceptance of such designation.
“Fiscal Year” means the calendar year from October 1 through September 30.
“Improvement Area #1” means Improvement Area #1 of the Estancia Hill Country Public Improvement District established by the Issuer and related to the Bonds.
“Listed Events” shall mean any of the events listed in Section 5(a) of this Disclosure Agreement.
“MSRB” means the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board.
“Participating Underwriter” shall mean Jefferies LLC and its successors and assigns.
“Rule” shall mean Rule 15c2-12 adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as the same may be amended from time to time.
“Tax-exempt” shall mean that interest on the Bonds is excluded from gross income for federal income tax purposes, whether or not such interest is includable as an item of tax preference or otherwise includable directly or indirectly for purposes of calculating any other tax liability, including any alternative minimum tax liability.
“Trustee” shall mean U.S. Bank National Association, or any successor trustee pursuant to the Indenture.
SECTION 3. Provision of Annual Bond Disclosure Reports.
(a) The Issuer shall cause and hereby direct the Dissemination Agent to, not later than six months after the end of the Issuer’s Fiscal Year, commencing with the Fiscal Year ending September 30, 2013, provide or cause to be provided to the MSRB, in the electronic or other form required by the MSRB, an Annual Bond Disclosure Report which is consistent with the requirements of Section 4 of this Disclosure Agreement. In each case, the Annual Bond Disclosure Report may be submitted as a single document or as separate documents comprising a package and may include by reference other information as provided in Section 4 of this Disclosure Agreement; provided that the audited financial statements of the Issuer, if prepared and when available, may be submitted separately from the balance of the Annual Bond Disclosure Report, and later than the date required in this paragraph for the filing of the Annual Bond Disclosure Report if audited financial statements are not available by that date and unaudited financial information is submitted not later than six months after the end of the Issuer’s Fiscal Year. If the Issuer’s Fiscal Year changes, it shall give notice of such change in the same manner as for a Listed Event under Section 5(d). All documents provided to the MSRB shall be accompanied by identifying information as prescribed by the MSRB.
(b) The Issuer shall or shall cause the Dissemination Agent to:
(ii) file the Annual Bond Disclosure Report (excluding the audited financial statements of the Issuer, if any, which shall be filed by the Issuer or the Dissemination Agent upon receipt from the Issuer) containing or incorporating by reference the information set forth in Section 4 hereof; and (iii) file a report with the Issuer and the Property Owner certifying that the Annual Bond Disclosure Report has been provided pursuant to this Disclosure Agreement, stating the date it was provided and that it was filed with the MSRB.
D-2 HOU:3315696.2 SECTION 4. Content of Annual Bond Disclosure Reports. The Annual Bond Disclosure Report for the Bonds shall contain or incorporate by reference, and the Issuer agrees to provide or
cause to be provided to the Dissemination Agent, the following:
(a) If prepared and when available, the audited financial statements of the Issuer for the most recently ended Fiscal Year, prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles applicable from time to time to the Issuer. If audited financial statements of the Issuer are not available by the date required by Section 3(a), the Issuer shall provide unaudited financial information not later than such date.
(b) Tables setting forth the following information, as of the end of such Fiscal Year:
(i) For the Bonds, the maturity date or dates, the interest rate or rates, the original aggregate principal amount and principal amount remaining Outstanding.
(c) Updates to the information in the Service and Assessment Plan (“SAP”) as most recently amended or supplemented.
(d) Listing of any Improvement Area #1 property or property owner representing more than fifteen percent (15%) of the Assessments, the amount of the levy of Assessments against such landowners, and the percentage of such Assessments relative to the entire levy of Assessments, all as of the previous October 1.
(e) The total amount of Annual Installments assessed and collected during such Fiscal Year, together with the amount of Assessments prepaid during such Fiscal Year.
(f) The amount of Assessments collected from the property owners during such Fiscal Year.
(g) The amount of Assessments delinquent greater than six months, one year and two years, and, if delinquencies amount to more than five percent (5%) of aggregate amount of Assessments due in any year, a list of property owners whose Assessments are delinquent.
(h) The amount of delinquent Assessments by Fiscal Year: (1) which are subject to institution of foreclosure proceedings (but as to which such proceedings have not been instituted); (2) which are currently subject to foreclosure proceeding which have not been concluded; (3) which have been reduced to judgment but not collected; (4) which have been reduced to judgment and collected;
and (5) the result of any foreclosure sales of assessed property within Improvement Area #1 if the assessed property represents more than three percent (3%) of the total amount of Assessments.
(i) The principal and interest paid on the Bonds during the most recent Fiscal Year and the minimum scheduled principal and interest required to be paid on the Bonds in the next Fiscal Year;
(j) Any changes to the methodology for levying the Assessments in Improvement Area #1 since the report of the most recent Fiscal Year;