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Bob Ferguson

AGO 1952 NO. 228 > Jan 25 1952

While ordinarily a county auditor should issue a warrant to pay a claim which is allowed and ordered paid by the county commissioners, yet where the auditor honestly believes that the county commissioners have exceeded their power or that the expenditure is fraudulent, he may refuse to issue the warrant and, if necessary, litigate the question.  An auditor may be held civilly liable for issuance of warrants when such issuance constitutes misfeasance, malfeasance or non-feasance [[nonfeasance]].