Proceeds from the sale of any bonds issued pursuant to this chapter shall be used only for the following purposes:
(a) The costs of construction or acquisition of capital assets. "Capital assets" mean tangible physical property with an expected useful life of 15 years or more. "Capital assets" also means tangible physical property with an expected useful life of 10 to 15 years, but these costs may not exceed 10 percent of the bond proceeds net of all issuance costs. "Capital assets" include major maintenance, reconstruction, demolition for purposes of reconstruction of facilities, and retrofitting work that is ordinarily done no more often than once every 5 to 15 years or expenditures that continue or enhance the useful life of the capital asset. "Capital assets" also include equipment with an expected useful life of two years or more. Costs allowable under this section include costs incidentally but directly related to construction or acquisition, including, but not limited to, planning, engineering, construction management, architectural, and other design work, environmental impact reports and assessments, required mitigation expenses, appraisals, legal expenses, site acquisitions, and necessary easements.
(b) To make grants or loans, if the proceeds of the grants or loans are used for the costs of construction or acquisition of capital assets. Bond proceeds may also be used to pay the costs of a state agency for administering the grant or loan program.
(c) To repay funds borrowed in anticipation of the sale of the bonds, including interest, or to pay interest on the bonds themselves.
(d) To pay the costs of a state agency with responsibility for administering the bond program. These costs include those incurred by the Treasurer, the Controller, the Department of Finance, and the Public Works Board for staff, operating expenses and equipment, and consultants' costs.
(e) The costs of the Treasurer's office directly associated with the sale and payment of the bonds, including, but not limited to, underwriting discounts, costs of printing, bond counsel, registration, and fees of trustees.
Nothing in this section is intended to prohibit the investment of bond proceeds or the use of proceeds of those investments in any manner authorized by law.
(Amended by Stats. 2002, Ch. 1124, Sec. 28.)