No warrant for the payment of any claim shall be issued by the auditor until such claim is approved by the head of the department for which the indebtedness was incurred. Each head of a department and his surety shall be liable to the municipal corporation for all loss or damage sustained by such municipal corporation by reason of the negligence or corrupt approval of any claim against the municipal corporation in his department. Whenever any claim is presented to the auditor he may require evidence that the amount claimed is justly due and is in conformity to law and ordinance, and, for that purpose, he may summon before him any officer, agent, employee of any department of the municipal corporation, or any other person, and examine him upon oath or affirmation relative thereto. Such oath or affirmation may be administered by the auditor.
Effective Date: 10-01-1953 .