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He shall receive and collect all assessments of every kind made by said city and all license fees payable to said city. All licenses issued by any city department or officer, excepting the health department, shall be presented to the city collector or his authorized agent in the collector's office, who shall receive the fee prescribed therefor and shall countersign each license before the same shall be in effect. He shall cause a record of each license so countersigned to be kept in his office. The mayor, or in his absence, the acting mayor, shall have
power to issue a warrant for the collection of any of said taxes or assessments.
§ 30. Report to corporation counsel. It shall be the duty of the collector to report to the corporation counsel during the month of April in each year a detailed statement of the amounts of all taxes and assessments upon real property which have not been abated according to law and which have been due and unpaid for the period of three years, and all taxes assessed only on personal property which have not been abated according to law and which are due and unpaid. It shall be the duty of the corporation counsel to proceed forthwith to collect the same, bringing suit when necessary. Whenever any tax or assessment due to said city is abated, the authority making such abatement shall cause notice thereof to be given forthwith to the collector.
§ 31. Collector of poll etc. taxes. Payments to treasurer. Clerical assistance and bond. It shall be the duty of the collector to collect all poll and military taxes from persons liable to pay the same and submit to the court of common council in the month of January in each year a statement showing the total number of persons liable to such tax, the total amount assessed, and the amount collected.
· The said collector shall promptly pay to the treasurer all said moneys collected by him and shall take the treasurer's receipt for the same in duplicate, one copy of which he shall file with the controller's office forthwith.
The collector may employ such clerical assistance as the court of common council shall by ordinance provide, and said common council shall limit the compensation of such clerks.
Said collector shall give bonds to the city in the sum of fifty thousand dollars.
1895. 12 S. L. 628.
§ 32. One collector for city and town. On and after the first day of June, 1896, all sums due or thereafter to become due to the town of Hartford for taxes, and all liens to secure the same, shall belong to said city, and shall be payable to the city collector, and liens for the security of said taxes may be filed and enforced, and every suit or proceeding for the collection or security of said taxes instituted, in the name of said city. One rate-bill shall hereafter be made by the rate-maker of said city, and shall be delivered annually on or before the tenth day of June to the city collector. The office of rate-maker for the town of Hartford is hereby abolished. The city collector shall perform all other duties which but for the passage of the consolidation act the town collector would have been required to perform.
1859. 5 S. L. 318.
1905. 14 S. L. 598.
§ 33. Controller. General powers and duties. There shall be a controller of the city of Hartford (formerly known as auditor of city accounts. He shall keep, in books provided for that purpose, accounts with each of the city departments, with such of the city officers as may be designated by the board of finance, and such other accounts as the ordinances of the city or said board of finance may direct. He shall prescribe the form of all accounts and of all financial reports to be rendered by the respective city departments and officers, and shall have the inspection and supervision thereof, and may administer oaths in the course of such duties; he shall audit, or cause to be audited, the accounts of the several departments and of all city officers at least once in every six months; he shall keep such accounts as will enable him to classify the expenditures of the various departments and officers, to the end that each item shall be charged against the amount set apart for the specific purpose for which the expenditure was incurred, as appropriated by the court of common council on the recommendation of the board of finance; he shall not allow any appropriation to be overdrawn, or the appropriation for one item of expense to be drawn upon
other purpose or by any department other than that for which the appropriation was specifically made. When any department or official shall desire to secure a transfer of funds in its or his appropriation from funds set apart for one specific purpose to another, before incurring any expenditure thereof such department or official shall make application to the board of finance, whose duty it shall be to examine into the matter, and upon approval by said board of finance such transfer may be made, but not otherwise.
$ 34. Controller's orders. Every claim or account against the city, certified to be correct and justly due by the department or officer by whom or under whose authority the same was contracted, shall be transmitted to the controller for approval and by him submitted to the court of common council for final action. The controller shall draw his orders on the treasurer for the payment of salaries, claims, or accounts, and such orders shall specify the department under which such orders for such salary, claim, or account are drawn.
No order shall be drawn without a previous vote of the court of common council authorizing the same and evidenced by a certified copy thereof under the hand of the city clerk or assistant clerk, except as follows: (1) moneys payable by the city treasurer from the city treasury under the authority of state statutes; (2) moneys due from the city on claims evidenced by judgment of a competent court and approved in writing by the corporation counsel; (3) salaries of officers and employes fixed by the charter and ordinances; (4) moneys annually appropriated by the court of common council for the following purposes :
vacation schools, public library, teachers and employes of high, evening and manual training schools, public bath employes and employes of the board of street commissioners.
§ 35. Controller's bonds, office, clerk. His absence; audit of accounts. The controller shall give bonds to the city in the amount of twenty thousand dollars. He shall have an office provided by the city and shall keep the same open during such hours as the court of common council by ordinance may direct. He shall be allowed his actual office and clerical expenses as hereinafter provided. In case of the absence, inability, or disability of the controller, the mayor shall appoint some person to perform the duties of his office.
The controller shall, at the end of each fiscal year, or oftener if so required by the mayor, and in all cases upon the death, resignation, removal, or expiration of the term of any officer, audit or cause to be audited, examine, and settle the accounts of such officer.
The controller may employ such clerical assistance as the court of common council shall by ordinance provide, and said court of common council shall limit the compensation of such clerks.
1869. o S. L. 825.
1901. 13 S. L. 1131.
§ 36. Corporation counsel. Appointment and general duties. There shall be an attorney of the city who shall be counsel to the corporation and whose duties and compensation shall be fixed by a by-law or ordinance of said city. After the first Monday of April, 1902, the corporation counsel of the city of Hartford shall be appointed by the mayor of said city, subject to the approval of the board of aldermen of said city. He shall be an attorney at law of at least five years' practice, and shall be a resident of said city. He shall hold his office for the term of two years from and after the first day of May next succeeding his appointment and until his successor is appointed and qualified. The mayor of said city shall within ten days after the first Monday of April, 1902, and biennially thereafter, appoint said corporation counsel, subject to the approval of the board of aldermen. In case the board of aldermen shall fail to approve the appointment of corporation counsel within four weeks after the date of appointment, the mayor shall, within ten days thereafter, again appoint a corporation counsel, subject to the approval of the board of aldermen as in the first instance.
Any vacancy in said office of corporation counsel of said city, which may occur, shall be filled by the mayor of said city in the manner hereinbefore set forth.) )
§ 37. Surety on official bonds. On or before July 1, 1905, all surety bonds heretofore furnished by city officials of the city of Hartford and now held by said city shall be surrendered for cancellation, and the treasurer of said city is hereby instructed to procure in behalf of the city of Hartford good and sufficient surety bonds for all city officials requiring the same, such bonds to be taken to the city of Hartford and conditioned for the faithful performance of the duties of the respective officers according to law. The premiums and expense of all such bonds shall be paid by the city treasurer from the funds of said city.
The form and sufficiency of such bonds shall be approved by the mayor of said city, and no personal surety shall be accepted by said mayor, but the surety on such bonds shall be a corporation au
1905. 14 S. L. 554.
thorized under the laws of the state of Connecticut to transact within said state the business of surety on obligations of persons or corporations.
1895. 12 S. L. 626.
§ 38. Selectmen. Powers and duties. The powers and duties of selectmen shall be limited to those powers vested in and those duties imposed upon them by the constitution and laws of the state in relation to the admission of persons to the privileges of electors in the town (of Hartford), and to the erasure from the registry list of the names of those who have forfeited the privileges of electors. The selectmen shall be paid by the city for the time actually spent in the discharge of said duties and their necessary expenses, and their compensation shall be fixed by ordinance.
§ 39. Admission of electors. The selectmen and town Rev. St. 1902. clerk of the town of Hartford shall hold a session to examine the qualifications of electors, and to admit to the elector's oath those who shall be found qualified, on Wednesday and Thursday of the second week before the annual town meeting held in said town in 1904, and biennially thereafter, and from nine o'clock in the forenoon until seven o'clock in the afternoon of each of said days.
§ 40. Selectmen. Other duties. The court of common council of the city of Hartford is hereby authorized to provide by ordinance for the performance of all duties of selectmen in the town of Hartford except as already provided for by the constitution of this state and the act consolidating the governments of the town and city of Hartford approved July 9, 1895.
1897. 12 S. L. 962.
1895. 12 S. L. 625.
§ 41. Duties of registrar of vital statistics to be discharged by clerk of board of health. After the first Monday of October, 1895, no registrar of vital statistics for said town shall be elected. From and after the first Monday of June, 1896, all duties now required of said registrar by law shall be discharged by the clerk of the board of health commissioners. All fees heretofore required to be paid to said registrar shall thereafter be collected by said clerk and paid over to the treasurer of said city and a monthly report of the same shall be made by said clerk to the controller of said city. The salary of said clerk shall be fixed by city ordinance or a vote of the common council.