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725 Post-Issuance Compliance Regulations for Tax-Exempt Obligations

1.    Role of Compliance Coordinator/Board Treasurer

The board treasurer shall:  

a)     Be responsible for monitoring post-issuance compliance;

b)     Maintain a copy of the transcript of proceedings or minutes in connection with the issuance of any tax-exempt obligations and obtain records that are necessary to meet the requirements of this regulation;

c)     Consult with bond counsel, a rebate consultant, financial advisor, IRS publications and such other resources as are necessary to understand and meet the requirements of this regulation;

d)     Seek out training and education to be implemented upon the occurrence of new developments in the area and upon the hiring of new personnel to implement this regulation.

 

2.      Financing Transcripts’ Filing and Retention 

    The board treasurer shall confirm the proper filing of an IRS 8038 Series return and maintain a transcript of proceedings and minutes for all tax-exempt obligations issued by the school district including but not limited to all tax-exempt bonds, notes and lease-purchase contracts. Each transcript shall be maintained until 11 years after the tax-exempt obligation documents have been retired. The transcript shall include, at a minimum:

a)     Form 8038;

b)     Minutes, resolutions, and certificates;

c)     Certifications of issue price from the underwriter;

d)     Formal elections required by the IRS;

e)     Trustee statements;

f)     Records of refunded bonds, if applicable;

g)     Correspondence relating to bond financings; and

h)     Reports of any IRS examinations for bond financings.

 

3.  Proper Use of Proceeds 

    The board treasurer shall review the resolution authorizing issuance for each tax-exempt obligation issued by the school district, and the school district shall:

a)     Obtain a computation of the yield on such issue from the school district's financial advisor;

b)       Create a separate Project Fund (with as many sub-funds as shall be necessary to allocate proceeds among the projects being funded by the issue) into which the proceeds of issue shall be deposited;

c)     Review all requisitions, draw schedules, draw requests, invoices and bills requesting payment from the Project Fund;

d)     Determine whether payment from the Project Fund is appropriate and, if so, make payment from the Project Fund (and appropriate sub-fund if applicable);

e)     Maintain records of the payment requests and corresponding records showing payment;

f)     Maintain records showing the earnings on, and investment of, the Project Fund;

g)     Ensure that all investments acquired with proceeds are purchased at fair market value; 

h)     Identify bond proceeds or applicable debt service allocations that must be invested with a yield-restriction and monitor the investments of any yield-restricted funds to ensure that the yield on such investments do not exceed the yield to which such investments are restricted;

i)     Maintain records related to any investment contracts, credit enhancement transactions, and the bidding of financial products related to the proceeds.

 

4.      Timely Expenditure and Arbitrage/Rebate Compliance

    The board treasurer shall review the Tax-Exemption Certificate (or equivalent) for each tax-exempt obligation issued by the school district and the expenditure records provided in Section 2 of this regulation, above, and shall:

a)     Monitor and ensure that proceeds of each such issue are spent within the temporary period set forth in such certificate;

b)     Monitor and ensure that the proceeds are spent in accordance with one or more of the applicable exceptions to rebate as set forth in such certificate if the school district does not meet the "small  issuer" exception for said obligation;

c)     Not less than 60 days prior to a required expenditure date confer with bond counsel and a rebate consultant if the school district will fail to meet the applicable temporary period or rebate exception expenditure requirements of the Tax-Exemption Certificate.  In the event the school district fails to meet a temporary period or rebate exception:

1.    Procure a timely computation of any rebate liability and, if rebate is due, file a Form 8038-T and arrange for payment of such rebate liability;

2.     Arrange for timely computation and payment of yield reduction payments  (as such term is defined in the Code and Treasury Regulations), if applicable.

 

5.      Proper Use of Bond Financed Assets

    The board treasurer shall:

a)     Maintain appropriate records and a list of all bond financed assets.  Such records shall include the actual amount of proceeds (including investment earnings) spent on each of the bond financed assets;

b)     Monitor and confer with bond counsel with respect to all proposed bond financed assets;

i.     management  contracts;

ii.   service agreements;

iii.     research contracts;

iv.     naming rights;

v.    contracts;

vi.     leases or sub-leases;

vii. joint venture, limited liability or partnership arrangements; 

vi.     sale of property; or

ix.     any other change in use of such asset.

c)     Maintain a copy of the proposed agreement, contract, lease or arrangement, together with the response by bond counsel with respect to said proposal for at least three years after retirement of all tax-exempt obligations issued to fund all or any portion of bond financed assets; and

d)     Shall contact bond counsel and ensure timely remedial action under IRS Regulation Sections 1.141-12 in the event the school district takes an action with respect to a bond financed asset, which causes the private business tests or private loan financing test to be met.

 

6.      General Project Records   

    For each project financed with tax-exempt obligations, the board treasurer shall maintain, until three years after retirement of the tax-exempt obligations or obligations issued to refund those obligations, the following:

a)     Appraisals, demand surveys or feasibility studies (if required);

b)     Applications, approvals and other documentation of grants (where applicable);

c)     Depreciation schedules;

d)     Contracts respecting the project.

 

7.     Advance Refundings

    The board treasurer shall be responsible for the following current, post issuance and record retention procedures with respect to advance refunding bonds.  The board treasurer shall:

a)     Identify and select bonds to be advance refunded with advice from internal financial personnel, and a financial advisor;

b)     Identify, with advice from the financial advisor and bond counsel, any possible federal tax compliance issues prior to structuring any advance refunding;

c)     Review the structure with the input of the financial advisor and bond counsel, of advance refunding issues prior to the issuance to ensure (i) that the proposed refunding is permitted pursuant to applicable federal tax requirements if there has been a prior refunding of the original bond issue; (ii) that the proposed issuance complies with federal income tax requirements which might impose restrictions on the redemption date of the refunded bonds; (iii) that the proposed issuance complies with federal income tax requirements which allow for the proceeds and replacement proceeds of an issue to be invested temporarily in higher yielding investments without causing the advance refunding bonds to become "arbitrage bonds"; and (iv) that the proposed issuance will not result in the issuer's exploitation of the difference between tax exempt and taxable interest rates to obtain a financial advantage nor overburden the tax exempt market in a way that might be considered an abusive transaction for federal tax purposes;

d)     Collect and review data related to arbitrage yield restriction and rebate requirements for advance refunding bonds. To ensure such compliance, the board treasurer shall engage a rebate consultant to prepare a verification report in connection with the advance refunding issuance. Said report shall ensure said requirements are satisfied;

e)     Whenever possible, purchase State and Local Government Series (SLGS) to size each advance refunding escrow. The financial advisor shall be included in the process of subscribing SLGS. To the extent SLGS are not available for purchase, the Board treasurer shall, in consultation with bond counsel and the financial advisor, comply with IRS regulations;

f)     Ensure, after input from bond counsel, compliance with any bidding requirements set forth by the IRS regulations to the extent as issuer elects to the purchase a guaranteed investment contract;

g)     In determining the issue price for any advance refunding issuance, obtain and retain issue price certification by the purchasing underwriter at closing;

h)     After the issuance of an advance refunding issue, ensure timely identification of violations of any federal tax requirements and engage bond counsel in an attempt to remediate the same in accordance with IRS regulations.

 

8.     Bond Disclosure Policy

        Section 1.01.  Disclosure Coordinator.  By adoption of this Policy, the District hereby             appoints the Treasurer to act as the Disclosure Coordinator hereunder.

        Section 1.02.  Responsibilities.  The Disclosure Coordinator is responsible for the following tasks:

 (A)         reviewing and approving all preliminary and final official statements relating to the District’s Securities, together with any supplements, for which a Disclosure Agreement is required (each, an "Official Statement"), before such documents are released, in accordance with Article III below;

 (B)          moderating Board of Directors’ approval of all Financial Obligations triggering a Listed Event Notice under any new Disclosure Agreement entered into after February 27, 2019;

 (C)      reviewing the District’s status and compliance with Disclosure Agreements, including filings of disclosure documents thereunder and in compliance with this Policy, in accordance with Articles IV and V below;

 (D)      serving as a "point person" for personnel to communicate issues or information that should be or may need to be included in any disclosure document;

 (E)      recommending changes to this Policy to the Board of Directors as necessary or appropriate;

 (F)       communicating with third parties, including coordination with outside consultants assisting the District, in the preparation and dissemination of disclosure documents to make sure that assigned tasks have been completed on a timely basis and make sure that the filings are made on a timely basis and are accurate;

 (G)      in anticipation of preparing disclosure documents, soliciting "material" information (as defined for purposes of federal securities law) from Employees identified as having knowledge of or likely to have information of Listed Events under Article IV or relevant to Disclosure Agreements;

 (H)      maintaining records documenting the District's compliance with this Policy; and

 (I)        ensuring compliance with training procedures as described below.

 The responsibilities of the Disclosure Coordinator to make certain filings with the MSRB under Articles III (Annual Report Filings) and IV (Listed Event Filings) may be delegated by contract to a dissemination agent, under terms approved by the Board of Directors.

 The Disclosure Coordinator shall instruct Employees of the obligation to communicate with the Disclosure Coordinator on any information relating to financial obligations or amendments to existing financial obligations promptly following occurrence.

  

Article II

Official Statements

Section 2.01.  Review and Approval of Official Statements.  Whenever the District issues Securities, an Official Statement may be prepared.  Each of these Official Statements contains information relating to the District’s finances.  The Disclosure Coordinator (with advice from Bond Counsel, any retained Disclosure Counsel, and/or Financial Advisor) shall have primary responsibility for ensuring that all such information is accurate and not misleading in any material aspect.  The Official Statement may also include a certification that the information contained in the Official Statement regarding the District, as of the date of each Official Statement, does not contain any untrue statement of material fact or omit to state any material fact necessary to make the information contained in the Official Statement, in light of the circumstances under which it was provided, not misleading.  When undertaking review of a final or preliminary Official Statement, the Disclosure Coordinator shall: 

(A)      review the Official Statement to ensure: (i) that there are no material misstatements or omissions of material information in any sections, (ii) that the information relating to the District that is included in the Official Statement is accurate, and (iii) that when necessary the information relating to the District has been reviewed by a knowledgeable Employee or other appropriate person; 

 (B)      draft, or cause to be drafted, for the Official Statement descriptions of (i) any material current, pending or threatened litigation, (ii) any material settlements or court orders and (iii) any other legal issues that are material information for purposes of the Official Statement; and

 (C)      report any significant disclosure issues and concerns to the Board of Directors (with advice, as necessary, from Bond Counsel, retained Disclosure Counsel, if any, and/or Financial Advisor).

Section 2.02.  Submission of Official Statements to Board of Directors for Approval.  The Disclosure Coordinator shall submit all Official Statements to the Board of Directors for review and approval.  The Board of Directors shall undertake such review it deems necessary.  This may include consultation with the Disclosure Coordinator, Bond Counsel, retained Disclosure Counsel, if any, and/or the Financial Advisor to fulfill the District's responsibilities under applicable federal and state securities laws.

 

Article III

Annual Report Filings

Section 3.01.  Overview.  Under the Disclosure Agreements the District has entered into in connection with certain of its Securities, the District is required each year to file Annual Reports with the EMMA system.  Such Annual Reports are generally required to include: (1) certain updated financial and operating information as outlined in each Disclosure Agreement, and (2) the District’s audited financial statements.  The documents, reports and notices required to be submitted to the MSRB pursuant to this Policy shall be submitted through EMMA in one or more electronic document format files as required by the Rule at the time of filing, and shall be accompanied by identifying information, in the manner prescribed by the MSRB, or in such other manner as is consistent with the Rule.  To facilitate the District’s Disclosure Agreements the Disclosure Coordinator shall: 

(A)      maintain a record of all Disclosure Agreements of the District using a chart which shall identify and docket all deadlines; 

 (B)      schedule email reminders on the EMMA website for each issue of Securities to help ensure timely filing of financial disclosures;

 (C)      ensure that preparation of the Annual Reports commences as required under each specific Disclosure Agreement; and

 (D)      comply with the District’s obligation to file Annual Reports by submitting or causing the required (i) annual financial information and operating data and (ii) audited financial statements to be submitted to the MSRB through EMMA.  

(i)        In the event audited financial statements are not available by the filing deadline imposed by the Disclosure Agreement, the Disclosure Coordinator shall instead timely submit or cause to be submitted unaudited financial statements, with a notice to the effect that the unaudited financial statements are being provided pending the completion of audited financial statements and that the audited financial statements will be submitted to EMMA when they have been prepared.  In the event neither audited nor unaudited financial statements are timely posted, the District shall cause to be filed a "failure to file notice" in accordance with the Rule.  The failure to file notice for audited financial statements shall include information describing the nature and/or cause of the failure to meet the contractual deadline and, if available, an approximate timeframe for when the completed audited financial statement is expected to be submitted. Audited financial statements shall be filed as soon as available. If updated financial and operating information is not posted by the filing deadline, the Disclosure Coordinator shall cause a "failure to file notice" to be posted to EMMA in accordance with the Rule. 

(ii)       All documents submitted to the MSRB through EMMA that are identified by specific reference to documents already available to the public on the MSRB's Internet website or filed with the SEC shall be clearly identified by cross reference.

 
 

Article IV

Listed Event Filings

 Section 4.01.  Disclosure of Listed Events.  The District is obligated to disclose to the MSRB notice of certain specified events with respect to the Securities (a "Listed Event").  Employees shall be instructed to notify the Disclosure Coordinator upon becoming aware of any of the Listed Events in the District’s Disclosure Agreements.  The Disclosure Coordinator may consult with Bond Counsel, retained Disclosure Counsel, if any, or the Financial Advisor, to determine if an occurrence is a Listed Event, and whether a filing is required or is otherwise desirable.  If such a filing is deemed necessary, the Disclosure Coordinator shall cause a notice of the Listed Event (a "Listed Event Notice") that complies with the Rule to be prepared, and the Disclosure Coordinator shall cause to be filed the Listed Event Notice as required by the Rule as follows: 

(A)         Prior to issuance of new Securities after February 27, 2019, a complete list of current Financial Obligations shall be compiled and submitted to the Disclosure Coordinator for continuous monitoring regarding compliance with all Disclosure Agreements entered on or after February 27, 2019. 

(B)          The Disclosure Coordinator shall:

(i)            monitor and periodically review the Listed Events identified on Exhibit A, in connection with the Disclosure Agreements identified on the chart in Exhibit B to determine whether any event has occurred that may require a filing with EMMA. To the extent Disclosure Coordinator determines notice for an event is not required based on the event not achieving a level of materiality, Disclosure Coordinator shall document the basis for the determination.  

(ii)          In a timely manner, not in excess of ten (10) business days after the occurrence of the Listed Event, file a Listed Event Notice for Securities to which the Listed Event applies.

 (C)          For Securities to which the Listed Event or Events are applicable, the Listed Event Notice shall be filed in a timely manner not in excess of ten (10) business days after the occurrence of the Listed Event.

 (D)         The Disclosure Coordinator shall monitor Securities data on EMMA regarding rating agency reports for rated Securities and may subscribe to any available ratings agency alert service regarding the ratings of any Securities.

 

Article V

Miscellaneous

Section 5.01.  Documents to be Retained.  The Disclosure Coordinator shall be responsible for retaining records demonstrating compliance with this Policy.  The Disclosure Coordinator shall retain an electronic or paper file ("Transcript") for each Annual Report the District completes.  Each Transcript shall include final versions of documents submitted to the MSRB through EMMA, and any documentation related to determinations of materiality (or immateriality) of Listed Events.  The Transcript shall be maintained for the period that the applicable Securities are outstanding, and for a minimum of five [5] years after the date the final Annual Report for an issue of Securities is posted on EMMA.

 

Section 5.02.  Education and Training.  The District shall conduct periodic training to assist the Disclosure Coordinator, Employees and the Supervisors, as necessary and appropriate, in understanding and performing their responsibilities under this Policy.  Such training sessions may include a review of this Policy, the disclosure obligations under the Disclosure Agreement(s), applicable federal and state securities laws, including the Listed Events in Exhibit A, and the disclosure responsibilities and potential liabilities of members of District staff and members of the Board of Directors.  Training sessions may include meetings with Bond Counsel, retained Disclosure Counsel, if any, Dissemination Agent, if any, or Financial Advisor, and teleconferences, attendance at seminars or conferences where disclosure responsibilities are discussed, and/or recorded presentations. Disclosure Coordinator shall maintain a record of training activities in furtherance of this Policy. 

 

Section 5.03.  Public Statements Regarding Financial Information.  Whenever the District makes statements or releases information relating to its finances to the public that is reasonably expected to reach investors and the trading markets (including, without limitation, all Listed Event Notices, statements in the annual financial reports, and other financial reports and statements of the District), the District is obligated to ensure that such statements and information are accurate and complete in all material aspects.  The Disclosure Coordinator shall assist the Board of Directors, the Superintendent, and District’s Attorneys in ensuring that such statements and information are accurate and not misleading in any material aspect.  Employees shall, to the extent possible, coordinate statements or releases as outlined above with the Disclosure Coordinator.  Investment information published on the District’s website shall include a cautionary statement referring investors to EMMA as the official repository for the District’s Securities-related data.

 

EXHIBIT A

LISTED EVENTS

The following events automatically trigger a requirement to file on EMMA within ten (10) business days of their occurrence (listed events are subject to change by the SEC):

 (1) Principal and interest payment delinquencies;

 (2) Non-payment related defaults, if material;

 (3) Unscheduled draws on debt service reserves reflecting financial difficulties;

 (4) Unscheduled draws on credit enhancements reflecting financial difficulties;

 (5) Substitution of credit or liquidity providers, or their failure to perform;

 (6) Adverse tax opinions, the issuance by the Internal Revenue Service of proposed or final determinations of taxability, Notices of Proposed Issue (IRS Form 5701-TEB) or other material notices or determinations with respect to the tax status of the security, or other material events affecting the tax status of the security;

 (7) Modifications to rights of security holders, if material;

 (8) Bond calls, if material, and tender offers;

 (9) Defeasances;

 (10) Release, substitution, or sale of property securing repayment of the securities, if material;

 (11) Rating changes;

 (12) Bankruptcy, insolvency, receivership or similar event of the obligated person[1];

Note to paragraph (b)(5)(i)(C)(12):

For the purposes of the event identified in paragraph (b)(5)(i)(C)(12) of this section, the event is considered to occur when any of the following occur: The appointment of a receiver, fiscal agent or similar officer for an obligated person in a proceeding under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code or in any other proceeding under state or federal law in which a court or governmental authority has assumed jurisdiction over substantially all of the assets or business of the obligated person, or if such jurisdiction has been assumed by leaving the existing governing body and officials or officers in possession but subject to the supervision and orders of a court or governmental authority, or the entry of an order confirming a plan of reorganization, arrangement or liquidation by a court or governmental authority having supervision or jurisdiction over substantially all of the assets or business of the obligated person.

 (13) The consummation of a merger, consolidation, or acquisition involving an obligated person or the sale of all or substantially all of the assets of the obligated person, other than in the ordinary course of business, the entry into a definitive agreement to undertake such an action or the termination of a definitive agreement relating to any such actions, other than pursuant to its terms, if material;

 (14) Appointment of a successor or additional Director or the change of name of a Director, if material;

 Additionally, the following events apply to Disclosure Agreements entered by the District on or after February 27, 2019:

 (15) Incurrence of a Financial Obligation of the obligated person, if material[2], or agreement to covenants, events of default, remedies, priority rights, or other similar terms of a Financial Obligation of the obligated person, any of which affect security holders, if material*; and

(16) Default, event of acceleration, termination event, modification of terms, or other similar events under the terms of a Financial Obligation of the obligated person, any of which reflect financial difficulties. 

Suggested Practices in Submitting Annual Financial Information to EMMA*

Annual Financial Information is to be submitted to EMMA as follows:

·       through the EMMA Dataport;

 ·       in one or more electronic word-searchable portable document format files configured to permit documents to be saved, viewed, printed and retransmitted by electronic means (“properly formatted pdf file”); and

·       indexed by the submitter as “Annual Financial Information and Operating Data” – this EMMA indexing category should be used for all submissions consisting of one or both parts of an annual financial information submission. A submission should be indexed in EMMA by the submitter as “Annual Financial Information and Operating Data” if it consists of complete annual financial information (including audited financial statements and/or the CAFR).

If the audited financial statements have not been prepared in time to meet the deadline:

·       file unaudited financial statements with a notice to the effect that the unaudited financial statements are being provided pending completion of audited financial statements and that the audited financial statements will be submitted to EMMA when they have been prepared.

If annual financial information is provided by reference to other submitted documents file:

·       a notice that includes specific reference to a document available on the EMMA website or the SEC (such as, but not limited to, an official statement), to the extent that such document in fact includes the information required to be include in the annual financial information; and

·       the submitter should confirm that such document in fact is available from the EMMA website or the SEC and should include in such notice (A) a textual description of the document that includes the required information, with sufficient detail for a reasonable person to determine the precise document being referenced, and (B) an active hyperlink to the pdf file of such document as then posted on the EMMA website or to the SEC’s EDGAR system; further, if such document includes audited financial statements, the submitter should also index such submission as “Audited Financial Statements or CAFR” in addition to (but not instead of) “Annual Financial Information and Operating Data” unless the submitter submits such audited financial statements separately to EMMA.

Failure to file notices are to be submitted to EMMA as follows:

·       through the EMMA Dataport;

·       as an electronic word-searchable and properly formatted pdf file; and

·       indexed by the submitter as “Failure to Provide Annual Financial Information.”

* Procedures subject to change.

[1] The term "obligated person" for purposes of the Rule shall mean the party, if other than the District, responsible for the Securities, e.g. in a conduit issue sold through the District, the conduit party would be the "obligated person" under the Disclosure Agreement.

[2] Materiality is determined upon the incurrence of each distinct Financial Obligation, taking into account all relevant facts and circumstances.  A Financial Obligation is considered to be incurred when it is enforceable against the District.  Listed Event Notices for Financial Obligations (e.g. under 15 and 16 above) should generally include a description of the material terms of the Financial Obligation, including: (i) date of the incurrence, (ii) principal amount, (iii) maturity and amortization; (iv) interest rate(s), if fixed, or method of computation, if variable, (v) other appropriate terms, based on the circumstances.  In addition to a summary of material terms, the District may alternatively, or in addition, submit related materials, such as transaction documents (which may require some redaction), terms sheets prepared in connection with the Financial Obligation, or continuing covenant agreements or financial covenant reports.

 

 

        Legal Reference:    Iowa Code §§ 257.31(4); 279.8; 297.22-.25; 298A (2011)                http://www.irs.gov/taxexemptbond/article/0,,id=243503,00.html

 

 

Approved:  5/11/2020        Reviewed:          Revised: