2017 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Section 40A:5-17 - Approval and payment of claims and required general books of account

Universal Citation: NJ Rev Stat § 40A:5-17 (2017)

40A:5-17. Approval and payment of claims and required general books of account

Approval and payment of claims and required general books of account. a. Approval of claims. The governing body shall approve or disapprove all claims. In the case of a county, other than a county which has adopted a form of government pursuant to the "Optional County Charter Law," P.L. 1972, c. 154 (C. 40:41A-1 et seq.), the governing body may, by resolution, designate one person who may approve claims between meetings of the governing body. The specified designee shall be chosen from the following positions: the certified financial officer, chief fiscal officer, county administrator, director of finance, treasurer or comptroller. Any approval by the designated person shall be presented to the county governing body at its next meeting for ratification, except that, prior to being paid, such vouchers shall be brought to the attention of the freeholder who has responsibility for the designee. The county governing body may establish a maximum dollar amount for which payment may be approved without prior approval of the governing body. Claims shall be approved or disapproved in the manner prescribed by rules made and promulgated by the bureau unless the governing body adopts an ordinance or resolution, as may be appropriate, in the case of a county, or an ordinance, in the case of a municipality, including the following provisions:

(1) Designating an approval officer with the title of certifying and approval officer;

(2) Prescribing the duties of the approval officer, including the making of certifications required by 40A:5-16b., ascertaining the existence of proper and sufficient appropriations for the payments to be made and determining that there is legal authority for the payments, evidenced by action of a purchasing department or agent or officer in respect to the goods or services ordered and the incurring of the expense therefor;

(3) Prescribing the procedure for approving and certifying to the proper officer claims for payments and drawing checks therefor;

(4) Prescribing the procedure for certifying approved claims to the governing body and regulating its action of approval or disapproval thereon.

b. Payment of claims. A resolution or an ordinance adopted pursuant to this section may also provide a method of disbursing moneys or payment of claims approved, but if it does not so provide the method shall be as follows:

(1) In the case of a county organized pursuant to the provisions of the "Optional County Charter Law" (P.L. 1972, c. 154; C. 40:41A-1 et seq.), by check issued upon the requisition of and signed by the chief executive officer and countersigned by the treasurer, and in all other counties by check issued upon requisition of the clerk of the board of chosen freeholders, signed by the county treasurer and countersigned by such other officer or officers as are designated by ordinance or resolution of the governing body;

(2) In the case of a municipality, by check drawn on the municipality, signed by the mayor or other chief executive officer and the municipal clerk and countersigned by such other officer or officers as are designated by ordinance.

c. Required general books of account. The bureau shall prescribe the kind and manner of keeping of general books of account for the financial officers of the local units and said officers shall be required to keep and maintain said books.

L.1960, c.169, s.1; amended by L. 1985, c. 127, s. 1, eff. April 12, 1985.

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