Public Purpose Expenditures

Informational Memo

Published: July 13, 2020

Public Purpose Expenditures
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This content conveys general information. Do not use it as a substitute for legal advice. Any attorney general opinions cited are available from the League’s Research staff.

Find general criteria that must be met in order for a public expenditure to be valid such as having a public purpose and direct or implied authority in law. Specific common expenditures are analyzed for the city’s ability to make payment. Examples include donations to organizations, economic development activity, certain employee expenses and more.

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