Section 9.16.   Expenditures in Excess of Seven Thousand, Five Hundred Dollars.
   All expenditures, if the cost thereof exceeds seven thousand, five hundred dollars ($7,500), shall be made upon the approval of the Council, after competitive bidding, and no division of any proposed expenditure shall be made for the purpose of evading competitive bidding.  This dollar amount requiring Council approval may be increased by Council by ordinance.
   The purchase, sale, lease or transfer of real property, including fixtures thereon, are exempt from this provision, and the purchase, sale, lease or transfer of real property, including fixtures thereon, may be accomplished by negotiation or informal competition or by formal bidding upon the approval of Council by the adoption of an ordinance or resolution.
   The Council may authorize, in specific cases, expenditures of the funds of the City in amounts exceeding the limit hereinabove stated, without bidding, for the City, for personal and professional services, for the joint use of facilities or the exercise of powers with other political subdivisions, for the product or services of public utilities (including those Municipally operated), or, in the case of an emergency, for the immediate protection of public property or public safety.
   Editor’s Note: In accordance with the authority granted by this section, City Council increased the dollar amount requiring Council approval to $25,000 by Ordinance 12-22, adopted on 05/10/12.