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68-2009. Use and disposition of tolls and other revenues derived from projects; sinking fund. (a) The authority is hereby authorized to fix, revise, charge and collect tolls for the use of each turnpike project and the different parts or sections thereof, and to contract with any person, partnership, association or corporation desiring the use of any part thereof, including the right-of-way adjoining the paved portion, for placing thereon telephone, telegraph, electric light or power lines, motor fuel filling stations, garages, and restaurants, or for any other purpose except for tracks for railroad or railway use, and to fix the terms, conditions, rents and rates of charges for such use. All contracts made by the authority for retail establishments or locations for retail establishments shall be made separately for each retail establishment or location for a retail establishment and sealed bids shall be asked separately on each retail establishment or each location for a retail establishment by public offering duly advertised as provided by law for the advertising for bids on state highway construction projects and each such contract shall be let by the authority in like manner as provided by law for the letting of highway construction contracts by the secretary of transportation. Such tolls shall be so fixed and adjusted in respect of the aggregate of tolls from the turnpike project or projects in connection with which the bonds of any issue shall have been issued as to provide a fund sufficient with other revenues, if any, to pay: (1) The cost of maintaining, repairing and operating such turnpike project or projects; and (2) the principal of and the interest on such bonds as the same shall become due and payable, and to create reserves for such purposes.

(b) Such tolls shall not be subject to supervision or regulation by any other commission, board, bureau or agency of the state. The tolls and all other revenues derived from the turnpike project or projects in connection with which the bonds of any issue shall have been issued, except such part thereof as may be necessary to pay such cost of maintenance, repair and operation and to provide such reserves therefor as may be provided for in the resolution authorizing the issuance of such bonds or in the trust agreement securing the same, shall be set aside at such regular intervals as may be provided in such resolution or such trust agreement in a sinking fund which is hereby pledged to, and charged with, the payment of the principal of and the interest on such bonds as the same shall become due, and the redemption price or the purchase price of bonds retired by call or purchase as therein provided. Such pledge shall be valid and binding from the time when the pledge is made; the tolls or other revenues or other moneys so pledged and thereafter received by the authority shall immediately be subject to the lien of such pledge without any physical delivery thereof or further act, and the lien of any such pledge shall be valid and binding as against all parties having claims of any kind in tort, contract or otherwise against the authority, irrespective of whether such parties have notice thereof. Neither the resolution nor any trust agreement by which a pledge is created need be filed or recorded except in the records of the authority. The use and disposition of moneys to the credit of such sinking fund shall be subject to the provisions of the resolution authorizing the issuance of such bonds or of such trust agreement. Except as may otherwise be provided in such resolution or such trust agreement, such sinking fund shall be a fund for all such bonds without distinction or priority of one over another.

(c) The authority shall not use toll or other revenue for any other purposes than those set forth in this section.

History: L. 1953, ch. 308, § 9; L. 1975, ch. 427, § 173; L. 1981, ch. 265, § 1; L. 2013, ch. 113, § 2; July 1.


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