(b) A governing board may seek funding for and initiate construction or renovation work only for projects contained in an approved campus development plan.
(c) A governing board may fund capital improvements on a cash basis, through bonding or through another financing method that is approved by the commission and by the council, if appropriate.
(1) If the cost of an improvement project for any institution, except Marshall University or West Virginia University, exceeds $1 million, the governing board first shall obtain the approval of the commission or council, as appropriate. If the cost of an improvement project for Marshall University or West Virginia University exceeds $15 million, the governing board first shall obtain the approval of the commission.
(2) Prior to approving bonding or any alternative financing method, the commission, and council if appropriate, shall evaluate the following issues:
(A) The institution's debt capacity and ability to meet the debt service payments for the full term of the financing;
(B) The institution's capacity to generate revenue sufficient to complete the project;
(C) The institution's ability to fund ongoing operations and maintenance;
(D) The impact of the financing arrangement on students; and
(E) Any other factor considered appropriate.
(d) A governing board shall notify the Joint Committee on Government and Finance at least thirty days before beginning construction or renovation work on any capital project in excess of $1 million.
(e) The commission may pledge all or part of the fees of any or all state institutions of higher education as part of a system bond issue.
(f) Any fee or revenue source pledged prior to the effective date of this section for payment of any outstanding debt remains in effect until the debt is fully repaid or refunded.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2012 1st Special Session