(a) A joint powers agency, without being subject to any limitations of any party to the joint powers agreement pursuant to Section 6509, may also finance or refinance the acquisition or transfer of transit equipment or transfer federal income tax benefits with respect to any transit equipment by executing agreements, leases, purchase agreements, and equipment trust certificates in the forms customarily used by a private corporation engaged in the transit business to effect purchases of transit equipment, and dispose of the equipment trust certificates by negotiation or public sale upon terms and conditions authorized by the parties to the agreement. Payment for transit equipment, or rentals therefor, may be made in installments, and the deferred installments may be evidenced by equipment trust certificates payable from any source or sources of funds specified in the equipment trust certificates that are authorized by the parties to the agreement. Title to the transit equipment shall not vest in the joint powers agency until the equipment trust certificates are paid.
(b) An agency that finances or refinances transit equipment or transfers federal income tax benefits with respect to transit equipment under subdivision (a) may provide in the agreement to purchase or lease transit equipment any of the following:
(1) A direction that the vendor or lessor shall sell and assign or lease the transit equipment to a bank or trust company, duly authorized to transact business in the state as trustee, for the benefit and security of the equipment trust certificates.
(2) A direction that the trustee shall deliver the transit equipment to one or more designated officers of the entity.
(3) An authorization for the joint powers agency to execute and deliver simultaneously therewith an installment purchase agreement or a lease of equipment to the joint powers agency.
(c) An agency that finances or refinances transit equipment or transfers federal income tax benefits with respect to transit equipment under subdivision (a) shall do all of the following:
(1) Have each agreement or lease duly acknowledged before a person authorized by law to take acknowledgments of deeds and be acknowledged in the form required for acknowledgment of deeds.
(2) Have each agreement, lease, or equipment trust certificate authorized by resolution of the joint powers agency.
(3) Include in each agreement, lease, or equipment trust certificate any covenants, conditions, or provisions that may be deemed necessary or appropriate to ensure the payment of the equipment trust certificate from legally available sources of funds, as specified in the equipment trust certificates.
(4) Provide that the covenants, conditions, and provisions of an agreement, lease, or equipment trust certificate do not conflict with any of the provisions of any trust agreement securing the payment of any bond, note, or certificate of the joint powers agency.
(5) File an executed copy of each agreement, lease, or equipment trust certificate in the office of the Secretary of State, and pay the fee, as set forth in paragraph (3) of subdivision (a) of Section 12195 of the Government Code, for each copy filed.
(d) The Secretary of State may charge a fee for the filing of an agreement, lease, or equipment trust certificate under this section. The agreement, lease, or equipment trust certificate shall be accepted for filing only if it expressly states thereon in an appropriate manner that it is filed under this section. The filing constitutes notice of the agreement, lease, or equipment trust certificate to any subsequent judgment creditor or any subsequent purchaser.
(e) Each vehicle purchased or leased under this section shall have the name of the owner or lessor plainly marked on both sides thereof followed by the appropriate words "Owner and Lessor" or "Owner and Vendor," as the case may be.
(Amended by Stats. 1999, Ch. 1000, Sec. 42.)