The director of budget and management or any fiscal officer of any county, city, city health district, general health district, or city school district thereof, or civil service township, shall not draw, sign, issue, or authorize the drawing, signing, or issuing of any warrant on the treasurer of state or other disbursing officer of the state, or the treasurer or other disbursing officer of any county, city, or city school district thereof, or civil service township, to pay any salary or other compensation to any officer, clerk, employee, or other person in the classified service unless an estimate, payroll, or account for such salary or compensation containing the name of each person to be paid, bears the certificate of the director of administrative services, or in the case of the service of the city or civil service township, the certificate of the civil service commission of the city or civil service township, or in the case of the service of the county, the certificate of the appointing authority, that the persons named in the estimate, payroll, or account have been appointed, promoted, reduced, suspended, or laid off, or are being employed in pursuance of Chapter 124. of the Revised Code and the rules adopted thereunder.
Where estimates, payrolls, or accounts are prepared by electronic data processing equipment, the director of administrative services or the municipal or civil service township civil service commission may develop methods for controlling the input or verifying the output of such equipment to ensure compliance with Chapter 124. of the Revised Code and the rules adopted thereunder. Any estimates, payrolls, or accounts prepared by these methods shall be subject to special audit at any time.
Any sum paid contrary to this section may be recovered from any officer making such payment in contravention of law and of the rules made in pursuance of law, or from any officer signing, countersigning, or authorizing the signing or countersigning of any warrant for the payment of the same, or from the sureties on the officer's official bond, in an action in the courts of the state, maintained by a citizen resident therein. All moneys recovered in any action brought under this section shall, when collected, be paid into the state treasury or the treasury of the appropriate civil division of the state, except that the plaintiff in any action shall be entitled to recover the plaintiff's own taxable costs of such action.
Effective Date: 04-19-1988; 12-31-2006