Sec. 18-149. Interest of city officials.
(a) No member of the council, member of the school board or any other officer or agent of the city, during the term for which he is elected or appointed, shall be a contractor or subcontractor with the city or its agents nor shall he be interested, directly or indirectly, in any contract, subcontract, or job of work, or materials, or the profits or contract price thereof, or any services to be performed for the city for pay under any contract or subcontract; and no such councilman, officer or employee shall be interested, directly or indirectly, in any contract, subcontract, or job of work, or materials or the profits or the contract price thereof, or services to be furnished or performed for the city for pay under any contract or subcontract; nor as agent for such contractor or subcontractor, or other person furnishing any supplies or materials. Every such contract or subcontract shall be void, and the officer, councilmen council member or agent, making such contract shall forfeit to the city the full amount stipulated for thereby.
(b) No officer of the city, who alone, or with others is charged with the duty of auditing, settling or providing, by levy or otherwise, for the payment of claims against the city shall, by contract, directly or indirectly, become the owner of or be interested in any claim against the city. Every such contract or subcontract shall be void, and if any such claim be paid, the amount paid, with interest, may be recovered back by the city, within two (2) years after payment, by action or motion in the circuit or general district court having jurisdiction over the city.
(c) The term "contract" as used in this section shall not be held to include the depositing of city funds in, or the borrowing of funds from, local banks in which a councilman or other officer of the city may be director or officer or have a stock interest; nor shall it include the granting of franchises to or purchase of services from public service corporations.
(d) This section shall not apply to attorneys for the state employed by the governing bodies of cities under the provisions of Code of Virginia, sections 58-762, 58-1016 or 58-1102 to collect taxes which are a lien on real estate. (Code 1959, § 12-74)
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