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Federal Facilities Programs
Congress first provided authority to issue Qualified Zone Academy Bonds under Section 226 of the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997.
QZABs are bonds issued by state or local governments to renovate and improve eligible public schools. The Federal government subsidizes the bonds by providing tax credits to the holder of the QZABs. The credits are approximately equal to the interest that states and communities would pay the holders of taxable bonds. Therefore, issuers are generally responsible for repayment of just the principal. This is a tax credit program, not a grant program.
Each state is allotted an amount of money based on state percentages of the national population of individuals with incomes below the poverty line.
QZABs may be used for rehabilitation or repair of school buildings, purchasing equipment, developing course materials, and/or training teachers and other school personnel, but not for new construction.
100% of available proceeds must be spent within three years from the date of issuance and issuers must certify applicable State, local and Federal conflict of interest requirements are met. These bonds are subject to the prevailing wage standards under the Davis Bacon Act of 1931.
School Administrative Units are advised to consult with bond counsel prior to applying for QZAB approval. For more information about the Federal QZAB program visit the U.S. Department of Education web site.
Qualified School Construction Bonds (QSCBs)
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) created the new Qualified School Construction Bond program. Qualified School Construction Bonds (QSCBs) are tax credit bonds to be used for the construction, rehabilitation, or repair of a public school facility or for the acquisition of land on which such a facility is to be constructed. Lenders receive tax credits from the Federal government in lieu of interest payments from school administrative units. School administrative units are generally responsible for repayment of only the bond principal.
100% of available proceeds must be spent within three years from the date of issuance and issuers must certify applicable State, local and Federal conflict of interest requirements are met. These bonds are also subject to the prevailing wage standards under the Davis Bacon Act of 1931.
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