City of New Castle, DE
New Castle County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by The Mayor and Council of New Castle 11-13-1990 by Res. No. 90-15. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Administrator — See Ch. 5.
The attached procedures entitled "Policy on Purchases and Payment" are to be followed by all departments within the city for committing city funds for purchases and for subsequent payment thereof.
All authority to purchase (commit city funds) shall be by requisition.
A. 
The requisition shall be signed by the responsible person in the department, normally the operating head of the department, or his designee.
B. 
If the amount exceeds $50, the requisition shall be also signed by the Councilperson in charge of the department.
Completed and authorized requisitions will be forwarded to the Finance Chairman, who will examine the requisition for completeness, authority, budgetary limits and account(s) to be charged, and approve it.
A. 
Approved requisitions will be returned with a blank purchase order form attached to the originating department.
B. 
The originating department will complete the purchase order and send it to the vendor. The original requisition and a designated copy of the completed purchase order will be sent to the Finance Department (Accounts Payable) within five days of completing the purchase order. One copy of the purchase order will be retained pending receipt of material, and for the department records.
Upon receipt of material from the vendor, the originating department will indicate the quantity received on the original copy of the packing slip, put the purchase order number on the packing slip and forward it to Accounts Payable. If the material received constitutes a partial shipment against the purchase order, this will be noted on the packing slip.
Upon receipt of the vendor's invoice, Accounts Payable will verify the invoice with the purchase order and the receipt of material received from the originating department.
A. 
If the vendor's invoice is acceptable, it will be marked as approved for payment, and entered in the file of bills to be paid.
B. 
If the vendor's invoice is in error, a trouble memorandum shall be prepared and sent to the vendor for adjustment.
When the payment has been made to the vendor, the purchase order will be marked with the check number and the amount paid. If the purchase order is complete (no back orders or trouble memoranda outstanding), the order may be closed and filed in the completed purchase order file. The completed purchase order file will contain the following, and will be maintained in purchase order number sequence:
A. 
The Accounts Payable copy of the purchase order.
B. 
The vendor's invoice(s).
C. 
The original copy of the requisition.
D. 
All copies of verified packing slips.
A. 
If a verbal order is necessary, the originating department will secure from Accounts Payable a purchase order number.
(1) 
The purchase order number will be recorded by Accounts Payable, who will note the vendor and the amount of the order.
(2) 
The originating department will record the purchase order number on their requisition, which will be forwarded to Accounts Payable in the normal manner.
(3) 
The originating department must put on the purchase order a warning to the vendor that this is a confirming order and not to duplicate the purchase.
B. 
There are some cases where neither a requisition nor a purchase order can be processed before authorization. Such cases would include response to an accident or other personal injury, or emergency repairs to city property (vehicles, e.g.). In such cases a requisition must be ultimately prepared to show proper authorization; the decision on whether to prepare a purchase order will rest with the Finance Chairman.
C. 
Some expenditures are not appropriate to be covered by a purchase order. In these cases a requisition, properly authorized, will allow Accounts Payable to issue the check. For clarification, some examples of this are:
(1) 
Appropriations (per budget) to committees and commissions.
(2) 
Payments to professionals employed by the city such as the City Solicitor, Accountant, Engineer, etc.
(3) 
Utility bills.
(4) 
Reimbursements for personal expenditures.
(5) 
Replacement of petty cash.
(6) 
Landfill expenses.
(7) 
Victim's compensation checks (from the Mayor's Office).
A. 
No vendor invoices will be processed without a purchase order number. Invoices lacking a purchase order number will be returned by Accounts Payable to the vendor stating the requirement for the purchase order number.
B. 
An exception to this will be the cases where it is deemed inappropriate to have a purchase order issued (see § A241-8 above). In this case, Accounts Payable will record the requisition number on the vendor's invoice and accept it for payment.