Maine Revised Statutes

§5603. Powers and duties

The treasurer has the following powers and duties. [1987, c. 737, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 1987, c. 737, Pt. C, §106 (NEW); 1989, c. 6, (AMD); 1989, c. 9, §2 (AMD); 1989, c. 104, Pt. C, §§8, 10 (AMD).]

1. Powers.  The treasurer may:
A. Make deductions from the salary of a municipal employee and pay the money deducted to the proper payee, when the employee gives the written authority to do so. The treasurer's authority to make a deduction continues until:
(1) The employee revokes the authorization in writing; or
(2) The treasurer knows that the reason for the deduction no longer exists. [1987, c. 737, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 1987, c. 737, Pt. C, §106 (NEW); 1989, c. 6, (AMD); 1989, c. 9, §2 (AMD); 1989, c. 104, Pt. C, §§8, 10 (AMD).]
[ 1987, c. 737, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 1987, c. 737, Pt. C, §106 (NEW); 1989, c. 6, (AMD); 1989, c. 9, §2 (AMD); 1989, c. 104, Pt. C, §§8, 10 (AMD) .]
2. Duties.  The treasurer shall:
A. Except as provided in subparagraphs (1) to (3), and except as otherwise provided by charter or ordinance, disburse money only on the authority of a warrant drawn for the purpose, affirmatively voted and signed by a majority of the municipal officers.
(1) The municipal officers may adopt a written policy to permit the disbursement of employees' wages and benefits when a disbursement warrant has been signed by one or more designated municipal officers. The policy must be filed with the town clerk and the municipal treasurer and renewed annually by vote of the municipal officers.
(2) The municipal officers may adopt a written policy to permit the disbursement of payments for municipal education costs when a disbursement warrant has been signed by the school superintendent and approved by a majority of the school board or by a finance committee appointed or duly elected by the school board. The policy must be filed with the town clerk and the municipal treasurer and renewed annually by vote of the municipal officers.
(3) The municipal officers may adopt a written policy to permit the disbursement of state fees when a disbursement warrant has been signed by one or more designated municipal officers. The policy must be filed with the town clerk and the municipal treasurer and renewed annually by vote of the municipal officers; [2009, c. 6, §1 (AMD).]
B. Upon request, provide an account of the finances of the municipality and exhibit the official records to the municipal officers or to any committee appointed by them to examine the accounts. The municipal officers shall examine the treasurer's accounts at least once every 3 months; and [1987, c. 737, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 1987, c. 737, Pt. C, §106 (NEW); 1989, c. 6, (AMD); 1989, c. 9, §2 (AMD); 1989, c. 104, Pt. C, §§8, 10 (AMD).]
C. Maintain a bank account in the municipality's name for the deposit of cash receipts. The treasurer shall deposit all cash receipts in the bank within 10 days. The treasurer may not commingle funds of the municipality with any personal funds or in any personal account of the treasurer. [2009, c. 193, §2 (AMD).]
[ 2009, c. 6, §1 (AMD); 2009, c. 193, §2 (AMD) .]
SECTION HISTORY
1987, c. 737, §§A2,C106 (NEW). 1989, c. 6, (AMD). 1989, c. 9, §2 (AMD). 1989, c. 104, §§C8,10 (AMD). 1991, c. 271, (AMD). 1993, c. 96, §2 (AMD). 1995, c. 83, §1 (AMD). 1995, c. 549, §1 (AMD). 2009, c. 6, §1 (AMD). 2009, c. 193, §2 (AMD).