Procedures for Paying City Claims

Information Memo

Published: November 10, 2020

Procedures for Paying City Claims
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Describes the appropriate process for paying city bills as set by laws applying explicitly to all forms of statutory city government . Learn about city authority to delegate payment of certain claims, requirements for making prompt payments, use of facsimile signatures, rules for council approval of payments, and more. Brief attention is given to home rule charter cities. Also addresses issues in signing checks, payroll considerations, and paying credit card bills.