County Management Act, 1940

Estimate of expenses of a county council.

22.—(1) Every county manager shall, for each local financial year, cause to be prepared during the prescribed period and in the prescribed form an estimate (in this Act referred to as an estimate of expenses) showing the amounts which, in his opinion, will be necessary to meet the expenses and provide for the liabilities and requirements of the council of his county during the local financial year then ensuing.

(2) Every estimate of expenses prepared in pursuance of this section shall be considered by the council of the county to which such estimate relates at a meeting (in this Act referred to as an estimates meeting) of such council at which the county manager for such county shall be present and which shall be held at the prescribed time (whether prescribed generally for all councils of counties or for the said council in particular and whether so prescribed generally for all years or in particular for the relevant year only) and of which not less than seven days' notice shall have been given to every person who is a member of the said council when such notice is given.

(3) Not less than seven days before the day on which an estimates meeting of the council of a county is to be held, the county manager for such county shall—

(a) deposit in the offices of such council a copy of the estimate of expenses which is to be considered by such council at such estimates meeting, and

(b) send a copy of the said estimate of expenses to every person who is, on the day before the commencement of the said seven days, a member of such council, and

(c) give public notice in the prescribed manner of the fact that such estimate of expenses had been made and that a copy thereof had been deposited as aforesaid.

(4) Every copy of an estimate of expenses which is deposited in pursuance of this section in the offices of the council of a county may be inspected free of charge by any member of the public at any time at which such offices are open for the transaction of official business, and the county manager shall supply to every person making application to him therefor a copy of such estimate of expenses at the price of one shilling per copy.