[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Braintree 5-18-2010 by Ord. No. 09-053. Amendments noted where applicable.]
There shall be a Treasurer/Collector appointed by the Director of Municipal Finance, with the consent of the Mayor.
The Treasurer/Collector shall have all the powers, perform the duties and be subject to the liabilities and penalties now or hereafter conferred or imposed by law on Town Treasurers and Collectors.
The Treasurer/Collector shall furnish a bond annually for the faithful performance of his/her duties in a form approved by the Commissioner of Revenue and in such sum, not less than the amount established by said Commissioner, as shall be fixed by the Mayor. The bond required shall cover the duties of the Treasurer/Collector with respect to trust funds and funds of retirement systems which are in his/her custody by virtue of his/her office, and any such funds, for the purposes of said bond, shall be deemed to be public funds.
The Treasurer/Collector shall receive and take charge of all money belonging to the Town, and pay over and account for the same according to the order of the Town or of its authorized officers. The Treasurer/Collector shall have the authority given to an auditor by MGL c. 41, § 51, and shall annually render a true account of all his/her receipts and disbursements and a report of his/her official acts.
The Treasurer/Collector shall keep cash balances of all accounts, funds, and money belonging to or held by the Town, in trust or otherwise, on deposit in a bank, and such balances shall be deposited at interest so far as is consistent with financial safety. The Treasurer/Collector shall solicit bids for the deposit of Town funds for any period but shall not be required to accept any bid submitted.
The Treasurer/Collector shall cause all books, vouchers, papers, and documents under his/her care and belonging to the Town to be deposited and kept in a fireproof vault or safe.
The Treasurer/Collector shall receive and have care and custody of all funds and moneys of the Town which are not otherwise provided for by law or ordinance, and also of all other funds, securities and property which are committed to his/her charge by virtue of law, ordinance, gift, devise, bequest, or deposit.
The Treasurer/Collector shall keep true and accurate accounts of all receipts and expenditures, such accounts to conform to uniform system of accounting, as approved by the Department of Revenue.
The Treasurer/Collector shall pay all drafts, orders and warrants directed to him/her in accordance with the provisions of these ordinances and any statute for the payments of bills, accounts, and claims against the Town and shall, on presentation, pay any sum of money due.
The Treasurer/Collector shall collect and receive all rents and assessments due the Town, and all bills, claims, accounts and other demands against all persons indebted to the Town, when such bills, claims, accounts and other demands are delivered to him/her for collection. For the purpose of such collection, the Treasurer/Collector is authorized to bring suit in the name of the Town.
The Treasurer/Collector shall, immediately upon completion and delivery of the tax lists by the Assessors, proceed to issue tax bills to all persons assessed to be mailed to the persons assessed, as required by statute.
For all taxes remaining unpaid on the day they are required to be paid, the Treasurer/Collector shall issue to the person owing such taxes a demand for the payment of same. If such tax remains unpaid at the expiration of time required in the demand notice, the Treasurer/Collector shall proceed to collect the tax, together with the interest and charge for the service of the demand, in the manner provided by statute.
Notwithstanding any other provisions of any general or special law, the Treasurer/Collector shall collect all accounts due to the Town, including but not limited to water and sewer fees and trash collection fees, but excluding any amounts due to the Braintree Electric Light Department.
The Treasurer/Collector shall have all the powers relative to the collection of said amounts due as may be conferred by general law, including the remedies provided by MGL c. 60, §§ 35, 36, and 93.
The Treasurer/Collector shall, with the approval of the Director of Municipal Finance, appoint an Assistant Treasurer/Collector, who shall assist the Treasurer/Collector in the performance of his/her duties and who shall perform all of the duties of the Treasurer/Collector in his/her absence. The Assistant Treasurer/Collector shall be sworn to the faithful performance of office and shall give a bond to the Town in a sum as set by the Mayor.