282.17   PURCHASE ORDERS.
   (a)   No contract or order involving the expenditure of money shall be entered into unless there is attached thereto a certificate of the Finance Director that the amount required to meet the obligation or, in the case of a continuing contract to be performed in whole or in part in an ensuing fiscal year, the amount required to meet the obligation in the fiscal year in which the contract is made, has been lawfully appropriated for such purpose and is in the treasury or in process of collection to the credit of an appropriate fund free from any previous encumbrances, with the following exceptions:
      (1)   For salaries or wages in accordance with schedules heretofore established by Council. Retainers shall be considered salary or wages;
      (2)   For employers' retirement contributions which are a legal obligation of the City;
      (3)   For refunds of income taxes overpaid;
      (4)   For refunds of deposits held in escrow;
      (5)   For refunds of deposits for Community Center rentals;
      (6)   For refunds of cancelled special events.
   (b)   In addition, contracts or orders involving the expenditure of money may be entered into for specified permitted purposes from a specific line-item appropriation account in a specified fund for a sum of money not to exceed one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) upon the certification by the Finance Director that this sum of money has been lawfully appropriated, authorized, or directed for a permitted purpose and is in the treasury or in the process of collection to the credit of the specific line- item appropriation account in the specified fund free from previous and then-outstanding obligations or certifications; provided that the aggregate sum of money included in and called for by the expenditures shall not exceed the certified sum. Such a certificate shall be signed by the Finance Director and may, but need not, be limited to a specific vendor. More than one such certificate may be outstanding at any time.
(Ord. 1997-101. Passed 9-2-97; Ord. 2008-099.  Passed 1-12-09; Ord. 2015-003S. Passed 3-23-15.)