CHAPTER 94
TOWN TREASURERS

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Sec. 7-79. Bond.
Sec. 7-80. Duties of treasurer. Appointment of deputy.
Sec. 7-81. Removal of town treasurers.
Sec. 7-82. Assistant treasurer.
Sec. 7-83. Town orders to be signed by majority of the selectmen.
Sec. 7-84. Record and annual report of town orders.
Sec. 7-85. Calling in town orders for payment.

      Sec. 7-79. Bond. Section 7-79 is repealed.

      (1949 Rev., S. 599; 1957, P.A. 351; P.A. 77-614, S. 139, 610; P.A. 80-483, S. 175, 186; P.A. 82-327, S. 12.)

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      Sec. 7-80. Duties of treasurer. Appointment of deputy. (a) The town treasurer shall receive all money belonging to the town, pay it out on the order of the proper authority and keep a record of all moneys received and when received and of all moneys paid out, when, for what and upon whose authority, which record shall always be open to the inspection of any taxpayer in such town and shall be presented to each annual town meeting, being first sworn to by him and adjusted by the selectmen. The town treasurer shall be, ex officio, treasurer of the town trust funds and may appoint a deputy who shall, in the absence or disability of the town treasurer, perform all his duties.

      (b) Payment of any obligation of any town may be made by a national bank or state bank and trust company located in this state in accordance with the directions of the treasurer of the town, on order of the proper authority of such town, and the treasurer may authorize such bank to debit the town's account therefor.

      (1949 Rev., S. 600; 1959, P.A. 28, S. 165; 1969, P.A. 186, S. 1; P.A. 82-239, S. 2, 7; P.A. 86-207, S. 1, 3.)

      History: 1959 act deleted requirement of annual accounting by trial justices, said office having been abolished by same act; 1969 act added Subsec. (b) re payment procedure for town obligations; P.A. 82-239 removed obsolete reference to town deposit fund; P.A. 86-207 amended Subsec. (a) to provide for the appointment of a deputy.

      Treasurer has no implied power to make a note binding on the town. 49 C. 539; 121 U. S. 121. Cannot bind town by accepting illegal order. 70 C. 18. Nature of town order. Id., 42. Mandamus to compel treasurer to pay town order. 95 C. 206.

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      Sec. 7-81. Removal of town treasurers. Whenever complaint in writing is made to the state's attorney for any judicial district that the town treasurer of any town in such judicial district is guilty of misconduct, wilful and material neglect of duty or incompetence in the conduct of such town treasurer's office, such state's attorney shall make such investigation of the charges as such state's attorney deems proper, and shall, if such state's attorney is of the opinion that the evidence obtained warrants such action, prepare a statement in writing of the charges against such town treasurer, together with a citation in the name of the state, commanding such town treasurer to appear before a judge of the Superior Court at a date named in the citation and show cause, if any, why such town treasurer should not be removed from office as provided in this section. Such state's attorney shall cause a copy of such statement and citation to be served, by some proper officer, upon the defendant town treasurer at least ten days before the date of appearance named in such citation, and the original statement and citation, with the return of the officer thereon, shall be returned to the clerk of the superior court for the judicial district within which such town is situated. To carry into effect the proceedings authorized by this section, the state's attorney of any judicial district shall have power to summon witnesses, require the production of necessary books, papers and other documents and administer oaths to witnesses; and, upon the date named in such citation for the appearance of such town treasurer, or upon any adjourned date fixed by the judge before whom such proceedings are pending, such state's attorney shall appear and conduct the hearing on behalf of the state. If, after a full hearing of all the evidence offered by the state's attorney and by and on behalf of such defendant, such judge is of the opinion that the evidence presented warrants the removal of such town treasurer from office, the judge shall cause to be prepared a written order to that effect, which order shall be signed by the judge and lodged with the clerk of the superior court for the judicial district in which such defendant resides. Such clerk of the superior court shall cause a certified copy of such order to be served forthwith upon such town treasurer, and upon such service the office held by such town treasurer shall become vacant and the vacancy thereby created shall be filled at once in the manner provided in section 9-220. Any witnesses summoned and any officer making service under the provisions of this section shall be allowed and paid by the state the same fees as are allowed by law in criminal prosecutions.

      (1949 Rev., S. 506; 1953, S. 256d; P.A. 78-280, S. 2, 127; P.A. 10-32, S. 13.)

      History: P.A. 78-280 substituted "judicial district" for "county"; P.A. 10-32 made technical changes, effective May 10, 2010.

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      Sec. 7-82. Assistant treasurer. Section 7-82 is repealed.

      (1955, S. 238d; P.A. 82-327, S. 12.)

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      Sec. 7-83. Town orders to be signed by majority of the selectmen. All orders drawn by the selectmen on the town treasurer in payment of the expenses of any town shall be signed by a majority of the selectmen of such town, and no order not so signed shall be paid by the town treasurer. Any town treasurer who pays any order in violation of the provisions of this section shall be fined not more than one hundred dollars.

      (1949 Rev., S. 602.)

      See Sec. 7-12 re selectmen's duties generally.

      See Sec. 7-13 re procedure for selectman's drawing order on treasurer.


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      Sec. 7-84. Record and annual report of town orders. The town treasurer shall keep a record of all town orders presented to him for payment, whether he pays the same or not, showing to whom the same were given and the amounts, dates and numbers thereof, and shall make sworn report to the town at its annual town meeting of all outstanding town orders, with the names of the persons to whom given and the amount, date and number thereof and the interest thereon.

      (1949 Rev., S. 603.)

      See Sec. 7-13 re procedure for selectman's drawing order on treasurer.

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      Sec. 7-85. Calling in town orders for payment. The treasurer of any town may, at any time, give notice to all persons holding orders drawn by the selectmen on the treasurer of such town to present them for payment on or before a certain day to be fixed in such notice, which shall be at least thirty days after the date thereof. Such notice shall be advertised for three weeks successively in a newspaper printed or having circulation in such town and be posted on the signposts therein, if any, or at some other exterior place near the office of the town clerk. If any person holding an order, outstanding at the time of such notice, fails to present it for payment on or before the day fixed in such notice, no interest shall be allowed on it after such day.

      (1949 Rev., S. 604; P.A. 84-146, S. 2.)

      History: P.A. 84-146 included a reference to posting of notice on a place other than a signpost.

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