(a) "Debt" means bonds, notes, certificates of participation, certificate transactions, capital leases and all other forms of securities and indebtedness.
(b) "Debt impact statement" means a signed statement from the treasurer which shall include such information and be in such form, as determined by the division, for the Legislature or the governor to make an informed decision concerning the issuance of debt by the state or its spending units.
(c) "Division" means the debt capacity advisory division established in this article.
(d) "Net tax supported debt as a percentage of assessed valuation" means the net tax supported debt, as determined by the division, divided by the most recently available estimated assessed valuation of all taxable property in the state by the West Virginia department of tax and revenue.
(e) "Net tax supported debt as a percentage of personal income" means the net tax supported debt, as determined by the division, divided by the most recently available personal income figures for the state by the West Virginia bureau of employment programs.
(f) "Net tax supported debt per capita" means the state's net tax supported debt, as determined by the division, divided by the most recently available population estimate for the state by the United States department of commerce.
(g) "Spending unit" means any of the state's agencies, boards, commissions, committees, authorities, or other of its entities with the power to issue debt and secure such debt, but not including local political subdivisions of the state.
(h) "Tax supported debt" means: (1) All obligations of the state or any spending unit to which the state's full faith and credit is pledged to pay directly or by guarantee (provided that any such guaranteed obligations shall be included only to the extent any such obligations are in default); and (2) all obligations of the state or any agency or authority thereof extending beyond one year with respect to the lease, occupancy or acquisition of property which are incurred in connection with debt financing transactions, including, but not limited to, certificates of participation, and which are payable from taxes, fees, permits, licenses and fines imposed or approved by the Legislature.
Tax supported obligations do not include: (1) Any obligations of the West Virginia housing development fund, the economic development authority, the hospital finance authority, the West Virginia parkway authority, the West Virginia public energy authority, the West Virginia solid waste management board, and the West Virginia water development authority; (2) revenue anticipation notes or bonds of the state; or (3) any obligations to the extent that the debt service with respect thereto is reasonably expected to be offset, as determined by the division, by lease payments, user fees, federal grants or other payments from some source other than the general fund. Such payments shall be used expressly for the purpose of paying debt service.
(i) "Treasurer" means the treasurer of the state of West Virginia.
(a) Promulgate rules pursuant to article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code, for the management and conduct of its affairs;
(b) Annually review the size and condition of the state`s tax-supported debt and submit to the Governor and to the Legislature, on or before the fifteenth day of January of each year, an estimate of the maximum amount of new tax-supported debt that prudently may be authorized for the next fiscal year, together with a report explaining the basis for the estimate. The estimate shall be advisory and in no way restrict the Governor or the Legislature. In preparing its annual review and estimate, the Division shall, at a minimum, consider:
(1) The amount of net tax supported debt that, during the next fiscal year and annually for the following ten fiscal years: (A) Will be outstanding; and (B) has been authorized but not yet issued;
(2) Projected debt service requirements during the next fiscal year and annually for the following ten fiscal years based upon: (A) Existing outstanding debt; (B) previously authorized but unissued debt; and (C) projected bond authorizations;
(3) Any information available from the budget section of the Department of Administration in connection with anticipated capital expenditures projected for the next five fiscal years;
(4) The criteria that recognized bond rating agencies use to judge the quality of state bonds;
(5) Any other factor that the Division finds as relevant to: (A) The ability of the state to meet its projected debt service requirements for the next fiscal year; (B) the ability of the state to meet its projected debt service requirement for the next five fiscal years; and (C) any other factor affecting the marketability of the bond; and
(6) The effect of authorizations of new tax-supported debt on each of the considerations of this subsection.
(c) Conduct ongoing review of the amount and condition of bonds, notes and other security obligations of the state`s spending units: (1) Not secured by the full faith and credit of the state or for which the Legislature is not obligated to replenish reserve funds or make necessary debt service payments; (2) for which the state has a contingent or limited liability or for which the Legislature is permitted to replenish reserve funds or make necessary debt service payments if deficiencies occur. When appropriate, the Division shall recommend limits on the additional obligations to the Governor and to the Legislature. The recommendation is advisory and in no way restricts the Governor, the Legislature or the spending unit.
(d) The State Treasurer may review all proposed offerings of debt, as defined in this article, submitted to the Division of Debt Management, as provided in section six, article six-a of this chapter. The Division may also request any additional information which may be needed to issue an advisory opinion to the Governor, the Speaker of the House of Delegates and the President of the Senate as to the impact of the proposed offering on the state's net tax-supported debt outstanding and any other criteria which the State Treasurer feels may be relevant to the marketability of said offering and its impact on the state's credit rating. The advisory opinion shall in no way restrict the Governor, the Legislature or the spending unit.
(e) Do all things necessary or convenient to effectuate the intent of this article and to carry out its powers and functions.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2012 1st Special Session