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Special Taxes; Community Facilities District   

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(a) The legislative body may provide in the resolution of intention or the resolution of consideration, and in documents setting forth the rights of the debtholders that it shall reserve to itself, the right and authority to allow any interested owner of property within the district, subject to the provisions of this section and to those conditions as it may impose, and any applicable prepayment penalties as prescribed in the bond indenture or comparable instrument or document, to tender to the district treasurer in full payment or part payment of any installment of the special taxes or the interest or penalties thereon which may be due or delinquent, but for which a bill has been received, any bond or other obligation secured thereby, the bond or other obligation to be taken at par and credit to be given for the accrued interest shown thereby computed to the date of tender. The district treasurer shall thereupon cancel the bond debt and shall cause proper credit therefor to be entered on the records of the district and in the office of the auditor and tax collector. If the legislative body agrees to allow bond tenders pursuant to this section or to Section 53356.8, the legislative body may, at its discretion, agree to distribute or direct its trustee or other agent to distribute by any means an offer to purchase bonds or other related inquiry to the holders of the bonds of the district, at the expense of the person requesting the mailing. Neither the legislative body, nor any of its officers, agents, or trustees shall be liable in any way for that distribution.

(b) The provisions of this subdivision apply to any tender of bonds pursuant to this section by an owner of property within the district who is delinquent in paying special taxes levied by this district when due. Bonds may be tendered pursuant to this subdivision only after all of the following conditions have been satisfied:

(1) The delinquent lot or parcel has been offered for sale as a result of a foreclosure judgment and the minimum price required to be paid for the lot or parcel was not received.

(2) The bonds to be tendered to the district were obtained by the property owner only after their prior owner was presented with a tender offer or solicitation as defined in this subdivision.

(A) For purposes of this subdivision, a "tender offer" or "solicitation" is a solicitation by any person or that person's agent by offering circular, memoranda, tender, or solicitation, or any other document or written, oral, or electronic communication for the purchase of the bonds from their then current owner. A person includes a natural person, corporation, company, partnership, limited liability company, limited liability partnership, association, or any other entity and a "tendering party" includes any person making a tender offer for bonds.

(B) Any tender offer or solicitation shall include all material information as required under federal and state securities laws and shall also include the following information, to the extent applicable:

(i) The name of the tendering party.

(ii) An individual who can be contacted to provide further information with respect to the tender.

(iii) The current holdings of bonds of the district by the tendering party and its affiliates.

(iv) The total face amount of the bonds being solicited.

(v) The price or method of determining the price per one thousand dollars ($1,000) in bonds being offered by the tendering party.

(vi) Whether the tendering party or any person affiliated with or related to the tendering party, or any employee, agent, or representative of the tendering party, is a property owner within the district that issued the bonds.

(vii) Whether the present intentions of the tendering party are to use the bonds for payment of special taxes or the purchase of property at a foreclosure sale pursuant to this section or Section 53356.8. This statement of present intentions shall not be construed to be binding on the tendering party.

(viii) The status of the bond redemption fund, construction fund, reserve fund, and any other funds of the district, and the special tax delinquency rate of the district, all of which data shall be the most recent available from the district and, in any event, shall apply to the state of the funds after the most recent payment of principal and interest on the bonds. The district shall provide the necessary data to the property owner within 10 days of receiving a written request and may charge a reasonable fee not to exceed its actual costs of providing the data. The district shall simultaneously release the same information to the general public. The property shall also provide the percentage of the delinquency attributable to the tendering party or any person affiliated with or related to the tendering party, or any employee, agent, or representative of the tendering party, for each of the three most recent fiscal years.

(ix) If the tendering party owns or leases property in the district that issued the bonds, the development plans for that property and an update on the current status of development of that property and of any zoning, planning, or other permits or approvals needed for development of the property to proceed.

(x) Any other material information available to the tendering party and not generally available to the public that would significantly affect the market value of the bonds of the district.

(C) The tendering party shall notify the legislative body of his or her intent to make a tender offer or solicitation at least simultaneously with making any offer or solicitation.

(D) The tendering party shall provide a copy of the solicitation to the Department of Corporations prior to five working days after notifying the legislative body pursuant to subparagraph (C).

(3) The tendering property owner provides the legislative body with a negative assurance from counsel representing the property owner that no misleading or other information has come to the opining party's attention after reasonable investigation, that would lead the party providing the negative assurance to believe that the tender was in violation of federal or state securities laws.

(4) The tendering property owner delivers to the legislative body of the district that issued the bonds subject to the tender, a certificate to the effect that the tender information is accurate in all material respects and does not omit to state a material fact necessary in order to make the statements included in the tender information not misleading, except that the certificate need not provide any assurances as to the accuracy of the information as to the bond fund balances and tax payment information provided by the district.

(c) The provisions of this subdivision apply to any tender of bonds pursuant to this section by any owner of property within the district who is not delinquent in paying special taxes on any property within the district. A person subject to this subdivision shall be deemed to be a person whose relationship to the issuer may give him or her access, directly or indirectly, to material information about the issuer not generally available to the public, and the provisions of Section 25402 of the Corporations Code apply to any purchase or sale of securities by that person in connection with the tender transaction. For purposes of this subdivision, the "issuer" includes the district, the local agency that created the district, and any owner of property within the district. At any time prior to tendering bonds to the district pursuant to this section, any person subject to this subdivision shall deliver to the legislative body of the district a certificate that he or she has complied with this subdivision and applicable federal and state securities laws.

(Added by Stats. 1997, Ch. 946, Sec. 3.)