Procedures for Paying City Claims

Informational Memo

Published: October 29, 2019

Procedures for Paying City Claims
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This material contains general information; it should not be used as a substitute for legal advice. Any attorney general opinions cited in this material are available on request from the League’s Research and Information Service staff.

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.