COUNTY COUNCIL. When a banker is appointed to be treasurer to a county council, he is required to furnish satis factory security.
The cheques, or orders for payment, are drawn upon the treasurer. By Section 80, s.s. l , of the Local Government Act, 1S88, it is provided that " all payments to and out of the county fund, shall be made to, and by the county treasurer, and all payments out of the fund shall, unless made in pursuance of the specific requirement of an Act of Parliament, or of an order of a competent court, be made in pursuance of an order of the council, signed by three members of the finance committee present at the meeting of the council, and countersigned by the clerk of the council, and the same order may include several payments. Moreover, all cheques for payment of moneys issued in pursuance of such order, shall be counter signed by the clerk of the council, or by a deputy approved by the council." The usual method is for a list of payments to be furnished to the treasurer, the list being signed by three members and counter signed by the clerk, and for the individual cheques to be signed by officials of the council. The cheques, when presented for
payment, are compared with the official list. As to the stamp duty on this list, sec minute of the Board of Inland Revenue, under article CHEQUE.
With reference to the borrowing powers of a county council, they cannot, as a rule, be exercised unless the sanction of the Local Government Board is first obtained. To ascertain the extent of the powers and what sanction is necessary, reference should be made to the statutes under which any loans are to be raised.
If money is borrowed without power or sanction, the interest thereon will probably be disallowed, The accounts are made up to March 31, and are audited by a Government Auditor. (See LOCAL AUTHORITIES.)