(1) As used in this section, “community college district obligation” includes salaries of district employees and other regularly contracted services.
(2) Warrants in payment of district obligations shall be issued only when there are insufficient funds to pay the warrant and shall be indorsed “not paid for want of funds.” Warrants may be issued at the end of each month, if necessary. Warrants shall not be issued without a vote of the board of the district. They must be signed by the chairperson of the board and countersigned by the district clerk. If the chairperson is absent or unable to execute the warrants, the board may authorize any member of the board to act as chairperson in executing the warrants.
(3) Unless the board of the district has designated a lower rate of interest, which rate must appear on the face of the warrants, warrants indorsed “not paid for want of funds” shall draw interest at a rate not to exceed seven percent (0.07) from date of indorsement until called.
(4) Funds becoming available for payment of warrants indorsed “not paid for want of funds” shall be applied in payment in the order in which the warrants were so indorsed.
(5) At the last regular school board meeting of the district preceding July 1 in each year, the district clerk shall certify to the board a list of all district warrants which were called for payment more than seven years prior to July 1 next following the meeting, and which have not been paid. The certification shall state the amount of each of such warrants, to whom issued, and date of issuance. The board of the district shall cause notice to be published in some newspaper having a general circulation in the district. The notice shall contain a statement that if such warrants are not presented for payment within 60 days from July 1, they will be canceled, and payment thereof will be refused.
(6) At the first regular meeting of the board in each district after the expiration of 60 days from July 1 in each year, the board shall make an order that all such warrants which have not been so presented for payment, describing them, shall be canceled and the board shall so cancel.
(7) Nothing in this section prohibits a board from paying, upon any claim arising from the canceling of any such warrant, the principal of the warrant when presented without interest if not indorsed for want of funds and, if indorsed for want of funds, with interest to the date such warrant was called. [1971 c.513 §52]
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