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File #: 200296-A    Version: Name:
Type: Bill Status: ENACTED
File created: 5/1/2020 In control: Committee on Finance
On agenda: Final action: 6/25/2020
Title: Constituting the Fifteenth Supplemental Ordinance to the General Gas Works Revenue Bond Ordinance of 1998 (the "1998 General Ordinance"); authorizing the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (the "City") to sell, either at public or private sale, one or more series of Gas Works Revenue Bonds and Gas Works Revenue Bonds to refund such Bonds (the "Bonds"); to pay the costs of certain capital projects and other Project Costs; authorizing the City to obtain credit enhancement for any Series of the Bonds; making certain determinations and covenants relating to Gas Works Revenues and the payment of interest and principal; and authorizing covenants and actions in order that the Bonds shall not be arbitrage bonds; all under certain terms and conditions.
Sponsors: Council President Clarke, Councilmember Green
Indexes: GAS WORKS REVENUE BOND
Attachments: 1. CertifiedCopy200296-A01.pdf, 2. 200296 - Section 8 Documents.pdf
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultTallyAction DetailsVideo
6/26/20201 MAYOR SIGNED   Action details Not available
6/25/20200 CITY COUNCIL READ AND PASSEDPass17:0 Action details Not available
6/18/20200 CITY COUNCIL READ   Action details Not available
6/18/20201 CITY COUNCIL AMENDED   Action details Not available
6/18/20201 CITY COUNCIL ORDERED PLACED ON FINAL PASSAGE CALENDAR FOR NEXT MEETING.   Action details Not available
6/11/20200 CITY COUNCIL SUSPEND THE RULES OF THE COUNCIL   Action details Not available
6/11/20200 CITY COUNCIL ORDERED PLACED ON THIS DAY`S FIRST READING CALENDAR   Action details Not available
6/11/20200 CITY COUNCIL READ AND ORDERED PLACED ON NEXT WEEK'S SECOND READING CALENDAR   Action details Not available
6/8/20200 Committee on Finance     Not available Not available
6/8/20200 Committee on Finance     Not available Not available
6/8/20200 Committee on Finance     Not available Not available
5/1/20200 CITY COUNCIL     Not available Not available

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Constituting the Fifteenth Supplemental Ordinance to the General Gas Works Revenue Bond Ordinance of 1998 (the “1998 General Ordinance”); authorizing the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (the “City”) to sell, either at public or private sale, one or more series of Gas Works Revenue Bonds and Gas Works Revenue Bonds to refund such Bonds (the “Bonds”); to pay the costs of certain capital projects and other Project Costs; authorizing the City to obtain credit enhancement for any Series of the Bonds; making certain determinations and covenants relating to Gas Works Revenues and the payment of interest and principal; and authorizing covenants and actions in order that the Bonds shall not be arbitrage bonds; all under certain terms and conditions.

 

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THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA HEREBY ORDAINS:

 

SECTION 1.  The Mayor, the City Controller and the City Solicitor (the “Bond Committee”), or a majority of them, are hereby authorized, on behalf of the City, to borrow, by the issuance and sale of Gas Works Revenue Bonds (1998 General Ordinance) of the City (the “Bonds”), which may be issued in one or more series or subseries, at such times as set forth in a resolution or resolutions of the Bond Committee designated and with such relative priorities as the Bond Committee may deem desirable, pursuant to The First Class City Revenue Bond Act of October 18, 1972, Act No. 234 (the “Act”), and the General Gas Works Revenue Bond Ordinance of 1998, Bill No. 980232, adopted by the City on April 30, 1998 (the “1998 General Ordinance”), a sum or sums which in the aggregate shall not exceed the principal amount of the Bonds authorized to be issued hereunder, to be expended as provided in Section 2 of this Ordinance.  Each Series of Bonds shall be sold at public or private sale and shall contain such terms and provisions as are determined by a majority of the Bond Committee to be in the best interests of the City and are not inconsistent with the provisions hereof, of the Act, of the 1998 General Ordinance, or of any applicable law.  If a majority of the Bond Committee determines it to be in the best interests of the City, a Series of Bonds may be issued in book-entry form; and in such event a majority of the Bond Committee shall also select a securities depository (the “Depository”) for such Series of Bonds.  Each Series of the Bonds shall mature or be subject to mandatory redemption in such principal amounts and on such date or dates and bear interest at such rate or rates (including, without limitation, variable, adjustable or convertible rates), as shall be determined by a majority of the Bond Committee.  A majority of the Bond Committee is authorized to take any and all other actions as may be necessary or appropriate in connection with the consummation of the transactions contemplated herein.

 

The Bonds are authorized to be issued hereunder in an aggregate principal amount of up to Three Hundred Million Dollars ($300,000,000), to pay the costs related to any or all of the purposes set forth in Section 2 hereof; provided, however, that if any of the Bonds are to be sold at discounts which are in lieu of periodic interest, the aggregate principal amount of the Bonds which may be issued hereunder shall be increased to reflect such discounts, as long as the aggregate gross proceeds to the City from the sale of the Bonds shall not exceed Three Hundred Million Dollars ($300,000,000) plus accrued interest if any; and provided further, that the Bonds, or any portion thereof, may be sold at a premium so long as the aggregate principal amount of the Bonds does not exceed Three Hundred Million Dollars ($300,000,000).

 

The Bond Committee is further authorized to issue and sell one or more additional Series of Bonds which refund, in whole or in part, all or any portion of any Series of the Bonds and to determine the terms thereof; provided, however, that any additional Series of Bonds which refunds Bonds (i) shall not extend the final maturity of the Bonds so refunded and shall have debt service in each fiscal year of the stated term of the refunding Bonds which is lower than the debt service on the Bonds refunded in each such year; and (ii) shall be in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed the principal amount which accomplishes the foregoing, together with the amount necessary to pay the costs of issuance of such additional Series of Bonds.

 

The issuance of such additional Series of Bonds shall in all other respects by governed by the General Ordinance and this Fifteenth Supplemental Ordinance and where reference is made herein to the Bonds, it shall also mean and relate to such additional Series of Bonds. 

 

The Bonds shall not pledge the City’s credit or taxing power, create any debt or charge against the tax or general revenues of the City or create any lien against any property of the City other than the revenues pledged by the 1998 General Ordinance.  The opinion of the City Solicitor required by Section 8 of the Act with respect to the matters stated in the preceding sentence has been filed with City Council and shall be kept on file at the office of the Clerk of City Council.

 

SECTION 2.  The Bonds shall be issued for the purpose of providing funds for any or all of the following purposes:  (i) the capital projects included in the capital program of the Gas Works as from time to time included in the capital budget of the Gas Works, as approved by City Council, which may include, without limitation, (a) the acquisition of land or rights therein; (b) the acquisition, construction or improvement of buildings, structures and facilities together with their related furnishings, equipment, machinery and apparatus; (c) the acquisition, construction or replacement of pipes and pipe lines; and (d) the acquisition or replacement of property of a capital nature for use in the operation, maintenance and administration of the Gas Works system of the City; (ii) paying the costs of issuing the Bonds and any required payments to the Sinking Fund Reserve; (iii) if determined by the Director of Finance, the provision of capitalized interest on any series of Bonds that are issued to finance capital projects during the construction of such capital projects; and (iv) paying any other Project Costs (as defined in the Act).

 

SECTION 3.  Based on the report of the Director of Finance of the City required by Section 8 of the Act (the “Financial Report”), it is hereby determined that the pledged Gas Works Revenues (as defined in the 1998 General Ordinance) will be sufficient to comply with the rate covenant contained in Section 4.03(b) of the 1998 General Ordinance and also to pay all costs, expenses and payments required to be paid therefrom in the order and priority stated in Section 4.02 of the 1998 General Ordinance.  An executed copy of the Financial Report has been filed with City Council and shall be kept on file at the office of the Clerk of City Council.

 

SECTION 4.  The City covenants that, as long as any of the Bonds shall remain outstanding, all pledged Gas Works Revenues shall be deposited and held in and disbursed from one or more unsegregated accounts of the Gas Works which shall be separate from and not commingled with the consolidated cash account of the City or any other account of the City not held exclusively for Gas Works purposes.  Such pledged Gas Works Revenues shall be held for the security and payment of all Bonds issued under the 1998 General Ordinance and to be applied in the order of priority both as to security and payment, set forth in Section 4.02 of the 1998 General Ordinance.  This covenant shall not be construed to require the establishment of any Gas Works account segregated from any other Gas Works accounts except as provided in Section 2 hereof or as otherwise required by the 1998 General Ordinance.

 

SECTION 5.  The City covenants that as long as any Bonds shall remain unpaid, it shall make payments or cause payments to be made out of its 1998 Gas Works Revenue Bonds Sinking Fund created under the 1998 General Ordinance at such times and in such amounts as shall be sufficient for the payment of the interest thereon and the principal thereof when due; provided, however, that whenever the City shall be required to deposit moneys with the Fiscal Agent for the mandatory redemption of any of the Bonds, such obligation may be satisfied, in whole or in part, by the delivery by the City to the Fiscal Agent of a principal amount of the Bonds of the maturity required to be redeemed for cancellation prior to the date specified for such redemption.

 

SECTION 6.  The Director of Finance is authorized, as to any Series of Bonds issued as federally tax-exempt obligations, to make such elections under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), and the Treasury Regulations promulgated thereunder with respect to each Series of the Bonds and to take such actions on behalf of the City with respect to the investment of the proceeds of Bonds as is deemed advisable, and the Director of Finance or any member of the Bond Committee is authorized to make such covenants as may be necessary or advisable in order that each Series of the Bonds shall not be “arbitrage bonds” as defined in the Code.

 

SECTION 7.  In the event any Series of the Bonds are issued in book-entry form, the ownership of one fully registered Series of Bonds for each maturity or stated maturity and interest rate of each series, each in the aggregate principal amount of such maturity or stated maturity, will be registered in the name(s) designated by the Depository.  So long as, but only so long as, the book-entry only system is applicable to such Series of Bonds, the following provisions of this Section 7 shall govern as to matters set forth in Article III of the 1998 General Ordinance.

 

Pursuant to the book-entry-only system, ownership interests in the Bonds may be purchased in the manner directed by the Depository, which may be through financial institutions for whom the Depository effects book-entry transfer (the “Participants”).  A person who owns such an interest in a Bond (a “Beneficial Owner”) will not receive certificated Bonds, as applicable, and will not be the registered owner thereof.  Receipt by the Beneficial Owners of timely payment of principal, purchase price, redemption price and interest on the Bonds, is subject to the Depository’s making such timely payment, either to the Beneficial Owner or to the Participants to be forwarded to the Beneficial Owners.  Neither the City nor the Fiscal Agent will have any responsibility or obligation to such Participants or to the Beneficial Owners for any failure of the Depository to act or make any payment with respect to the Bonds or the providing of notices relating to redemption to Participants or the Beneficial Owners of the Bonds.

 

The Depository will receive payments from the Fiscal Agent to be remitted by the Depository to the Beneficial Owners or to the Participants for whom the Depository holds the Bonds for subsequent disbursement to the Beneficial Owners.  The ownership interest of each Beneficial Owner in the Bonds shall be recorded on the records of the Depository or the records of the Participants, whose ownership interests will be recorded on the records of the Depository.

 

When notices are given, they shall be sent by the Fiscal Agent to the Depository with a request that the Depository forward (or cause to be forwarded) the notice to the Participants so that such Participants may forward (or cause to be forwarded) the notices to the Beneficial Owners.

 

Transfers of ownership interests in the Bonds will be accomplished by book-entries made by the Depository and/or the Participants who act on behalf of the Beneficial Owners.  Beneficial Owners will not receive certificates representing their ownership interests in the Bonds except as specifically provided herein.  So long as the Depository is the Bondholder, interest, principal and redemption price of the Bonds will be paid when due by the Fiscal Agent to the Depository, then paid by the Depository to the Beneficial Owners, or by the Depository to the Participants and thereafter paid by the Participants to the Beneficial Owners.  The payments to the Depository shall satisfy the City’s obligations under the Bonds.

 

For every transfer and exchange of the Bonds, the Fiscal Agent, the Depository and the Participants may charge the Beneficial Owner of the Bonds, a sum sufficient to cover any tax, fee or other governmental charge that may be imposed in relation thereto.  No transfer or exchange of any Bonds shall be required to be made fewer than five (5) days prior to any interest payment date or five (5) days prior to any mailing of a notice of redemption of the Bonds.  No transfers shall be made of Bonds previously called for redemption, except pursuant to the optional or mandatory tender provisions thereof.

 

The Depository may determine to discontinue providing its services with respect to the Bonds at any time by giving notice to the City and the Fiscal Agent and discharging its responsibilities with respect thereto under applicable law.  Under such circumstances (if there is no successor securities depository), the City is obligated to deliver bond certificates in such names as the City and the Fiscal Agent are directed by the Depository.

 

The Bondholders have no right to a depository for the Bonds.  If the book-entry only system is no longer utilized, bond certificates will be issued in such names as the City and the Fiscal Agent are directed by the Depository.

 

Notwithstanding any other provision of the 1998 General Ordinance, so long as the Depository is the registered holder of all Bonds of a Series, the Depository may present notices, approvals, waivers or other communications required or permitted to be made by under the 1998 General Ordinance on a fractionalized basis on behalf of some or all of the Beneficial Owners of such Series, as applicable.

 

The appropriate officials of the City are authorized to execute any documentation required by the Depository in connection with book-entry registration of the Bonds.

 

SECTION 8.  (a)  Subject to the determination by a majority of the Bond Committee referred to in Section 1 hereof, in accordance with and as permitted by Section 4.02 of the 1998 General Ordinance, the pledge and grant of a lien on and security interest in, all Gas Works Revenues, all accounts, contract rights and general intangibles representing the Gas Works Revenues and all funds and accounts established under the 1998 General Ordinance (except for the Sinking Fund and the Sinking Fund Reserve), and in each case, the proceeds of the foregoing, shall be for the benefit of the providers of any Credit Facilities with respect to the Bonds, all to the extent and in the manner as provided therein; provided, however, that any payments to a Credit Facility Provider on account of principal of and interest on the Bonds owned or deemed to be owned by a Credit Facility Provider shall be payable from and secured by Gas Works Revenues and the Sinking Fund equally and ratably with all other Bonds in the manner provided in the 1998 General Ordinance. 

 

(b)  All of the provisions of Section 4.02 of the 1998 General Ordinance relating to Credit Facilities, except to the extent limited by Section 8(a) hereof, shall apply to Credit Facilities with respect to the Bonds and to payments due from the City to the providers of such Credit Facilities.  The providers of Credit Facilities shall have no right or claim at any time to amounts on deposit in the Sinking Fund, except as provided in Section 8(a) hereof.

 

(c)  All of the provisions in Section 4.03(b) of the 1998 General Ordinance relating to Credit Facilities shall apply to the Credit Facilities relating to the Bonds.

 

SECTION 9.  This Ordinance is supplementary to the 1998 General Ordinance and all provisions of the 1998 General Ordinance not inconsistent with this Ordinance are applicable to the Bonds.  All definitions of terms contained in the Act or the 1998 General Ordinance not inconsistent herewith shall apply to such terms in this Ordinance.

 

SECTION 10.  The City reasonably expects to reimburse itself for all or certain of the expenditures incurred for the matters authorized by Section 2 of this Ordinance paid prior to the issuance of any Series of Bonds.  No funds from sources other than the Bonds authorized by this Ordinance have been or are reasonably expected to be reserved, allocated on a long-term basis, or otherwise set aside by the City, or any member of the same “control group” as the City within the meaning of Treasury Regulation 1.150-1(e) of the Code, pursuant to their budget or financial policies with respect to any expenditures to be reimbursed.  This section constitutes a declaration of the City’s official intent to reimburse expenditures paid in accordance with Treasury Regulation 1.150-2(d) of the Code.

 

SECTION 11.  As it shall relate to any Bonds issued pursuant to this Fifteenth Supplemental Ordinance, the term “Credit Facility” as defined in the 1998 General Ordinance, is hereby amended and restated as follows:

 

“Credit Facility” means any letter of credit, standby bond purchase agreement, line of credit, surety bond, insurance policy or other insurance commitment or similar agreement (other than a Qualified Swap or an Exchange Agreement) that is provided by a commercial bank, insurance company or other institution with a current long term rating (or whose obligations thereunder are guaranteed by a financial institution with a long term rating) from either Moody’s or S&P not lower than “A”.

 

SECTION 12.                     This Ordinance shall take effect immediately.

 

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