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Iowa Code Title IX. Local Government [Chs. 331-420] § 331.554. Duties relating to warrants

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1. Upon receipt of a warrant, scrip, or other evidence of the county's indebtedness, the treasurer shall endorse on it the date of payment.

2. Reserved.

3. The treasurer shall enter into the county system the warrant number, date paid, and interest paid, if any.

4. The treasurer shall return the paid warrants to the auditor. The original warrant shall be preserved for at least two years. The requirement that the original warrant be preserved is satisfied by preservation of the warrant in electronic form if the requirements of section 554D.113 are met. The treasurer shall make monthly reports to show for each warrant the number, date, drawee's name, when paid, to whom paid, original amount, and interest.

5. a. When a warrant legally drawn on the county treasury is presented for payment and not paid because of a deficiency, the treasurer shall carry out duties relating to the endorsement and payment of interest on the amount of deficiency as provided in chapter 74.

b. In lieu of the requirements and procedures specified in sections 74.1, 74.2, and 74.3, when warrants other than anticipatory warrants are presented for payment and not paid for want of funds or are only partially paid, the treasurer may issue a warrant order for an amount equal to the unpaid warrants drawn on a fund. The warrant order shall be dated and include the fund name, amount, and the rate of interest established under section 74A.6. The warrant order shall be endorsed by the treasurer, “not paid for want of funds”, and include the treasurer's signature. The treasurer shall keep a list of all warrants comprising a warrant order and shall submit a duplicate copy of the warrant order to the auditor. The procedures of sections 74.4 through 74.7 apply to warrant orders.

6. The amount of a check, other than a warrant, outstanding for more than one year shall be canceled, removed from the list of outstanding checks, deposited to the account on which the check was written, and credited as unclaimed fees and trusts. The treasurer shall maintain a list of the checks for one year after cancellation. A person may claim the amount of the canceled treasurer's check for a period of one year after cancellation upon proper proof of ownership by filing a claim with the county auditor.

7. A warrant outstanding for more than one year shall be canceled by the auditor and the amount of the warrant shall be credited to the fund upon which the warrant was drawn. A person may file a claim with the auditor for the amount of the canceled warrant within one year of the date of the cancellation, and upon showing of proper proof that the claim is true and unpaid, the auditor shall issue a warrant drawn upon the fund from which the original canceled warrant was drawn. This subsection does not apply to warrants issued upon drainage or levee district funds or any fund upon which the county treasurer has issued a warrant order or stamped a warrant for want of funds.

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