SECTION 1. The county of Plymouth may issue bonds or notes from time to time for the purpose of funding all or a portion of its unfunded pension liability to the Plymouth County Contributory Retirement System. The proceeds of any such issuance, other than amounts to be applied to issuance costs and expenses, shall be transferred by the county to the retirement system. The term of any such bonds or notes shall not exceed 10 years from the date of issuance. No such bonds or notes shall be issued without, for each issuance, a 2/3 vote of the advisory board on county expenditures of the county of Plymouth upon a recommendation by the county commissioners. Upon the authorization of the issuance of pension obligation bonds by the advisory board on county expenditures, the county shall submit the vote and a plan demonstrating how the county will finance and allocate the debt service associated with the bonds or notes to the executive office for administration and finance, and no bonds or notes authorized to be issued by this act shall be issued until the secretary for administration and finance has approved the plan and the issuance of such bonds or notes. Except as otherwise provided in this act, such bonds or notes shall be subject to the provisions of chapter 35.
SECTION 2. The aggregate principal amount of the bonds or notes issued under this act shall not be greater than the amount sufficient to extinguish the county’s unfunded pension liability to the Plymouth County Contributory Retirement System as determined in accordance with this section, plus an amount to provide for issuance costs and other expenses necessary or incidental thereto. The retirement board of the Plymouth County Contributory Retirement System shall first determine the amount sufficient to extinguish the unfunded pension liability of the county in accordance with the report of a nationally recognized independent consulting firm, which may be the consulting actuary generally retained by the retirement board, and with the approval of the public employee retirement administration commission. Such report shall also set forth the present value savings to the county reasonably expected to be achieved as a result of the issuance of such bonds or notes.
SECTION 3. The maturities of the bonds or notes issued under this act shall be scheduled such that the annual combined payments of principal and interest for each issue shall be as nearly equal as practicable in the opinion of the county commissioners; provided, however, that the maturities of such bonds or notes may be scheduled so as to provide a more rapid amortization of principal, or in accordance with any other manner consistent with the county's approved funding schedule, as the secretary for administration and finance shall approve.
SECTION 4. This act shall take effect upon its passage.
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