[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Bradford 6-11-1974 as Ord. No. 2937. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The city budget shall be submitted in accordance with Article V, Sections 517 and 518, of the Optional Third Class City Charter Law and shall include a complete detail of all city operating funds and a capital budget. On or before April 1 of each year, the City Council or its authorized representative shall submit a proposed six-year capital improvement program to the City Planning Commission for its study and recommendations. On or before June 1 of each year, after receipt of the report of the Planning Commission, the City Council or its authorized representative shall submit the program to Council, incorporating any of the recommendations of the Planning Commission which it deems advisable. The program submitted may be modified by the affirmative vote of a majority of Council. Passage of the six-year capital improvement program shall be subject to annual revision.
No moneys shall be paid out of the city treasury except upon appropriation previously made by Council and upon warrant pursuant thereto, which warrant shall explicitly state the purpose for which the money is to be drawn. No work shall be hired to be done, no materials purchased, no contracts made and no order issued for the payment of any moneys in any amount which will cause the sums appropriated to specific purposes to be exceeded. The Council may make supplemental appropriations for any lawful purpose from funds on hand or estimated to be received during the fiscal year and not appropriated to any other purpose. The City Council or its authorized representative shall have the power to authorize the transfer of any unexpended balance of any appropriation item or any portion thereof within any department or interdepartmentally, but if the amount transferred exceeds the appropriation item by more than one thousand five hundred dollars ($1,500.), then the City Council or its authorized representative shall not make such transfer without obtaining the approval of a majority of Council.
The City Council or its authorized representative shall supervise the administration of each annual budget. Immediately after the budget has been enacted and after consultation with the directors, it shall establish quarterly or such other periodic allotments of appropriations to each department. At the beginning of each allotment period the amount specified shall become available to each department for obligations during that period. Such allotments for any department may be modified by the City Council or its authorized representative upon request of the director. The City Council or its authorized representative shall file with the Controller a copy of each allotment and modification thereof. If at any time during the budget year the City Council or its authorized representative shall ascertain the probability of a cash deficit, it shall reconsider the work programs and allotments of the several officers, departments and agencies. Upon such reconsideration, the City Council or its authorized representative shall revise the allotments so as to forestall, as far as possible, the making of commitments and expenditures in excess of the revenue to be realized during the fiscal year.
The City Treasurer shall receive for deposit from the departments of the city all city moneys collected by such departments. The Treasurer shall disburse all such funds in accordance with warrants issued to him therefor and duly signed by the City Controller and the head of the city department or office listing said disbursement.
The City Treasurer shall deposit all city funds and all city taxes collected by him in such banks or other financial depositories as are designated by Council. All such deposits shall be made in the name of the city, and all designated depositories shall be institutions having a main office within the city.
The City Controller shall review all warrants for the expenditure of city moneys and, if satisfied that such expenditure is within the budget allotment pertaining thereto, shall sign said warrant before it is presented to the City Treasurer for payment. In so doing he shall also preaudit all claims and demands against the city prior to payment and shall approve warrants for payment thereof only if satisfied that such payment is in accordance with law. The City Controller shall be responsible for the control of an encumbrance system of the city budget operation. He shall receive from the City Council or its authorized representative and directors such information regarding city properties and obligations and city income and expenditures as he deems necessary.
There is hereby established a Billing Office, and a Billing Clerk shall be appointed whose duty it shall be to send out all bills and to charge all bills to the City Treasurer for collection thirty (30) days thereafter. The City Treasurer shall endeavor to collect all bills during a period of thirty (30) days after the same shall have been billed.
On the first day of the month following the billing date, the City Treasurer shall charge on all uncollected bills charged to him a penalty of fifty cents ($0.50) on each service charge for each month or part thereof that the same or any part of such bills are delinquent, from the date when such bill should have been paid at the City Treasurer's office.
At the end of thirty (30) days, the City Treasurer shall certify all unpaid bills to the City Solicitor's office for collection, and the Solicitor shall make a like penalty charge as above set forth.
The city shall have the right to shut off water furnished to any property for which water or sewerage billing is delinquent.
All sewer and water billing shall be done on a monthly basis, as of the first day of each month, except that metered water and sewage billing shall be done on the first day of May and quarterly thereafter.
All garbage billing shall be done on a monthly basis, as of the first day of each month, except that commercial garbage billing shall be done on the first day of April and quarterly thereafter.
All water, sewer and garbage bills shall be charged against the property owner. Failure to receive a bill shall not excuse payment.
Partial payments of sewer, water and/or garbage bills may be made at the office of the City Treasurer, in which case one-third (1/3) of each partial payment shall be applied to each billing; the same method shall be applied on all bills paid in installments at the City Solicitor's office.
The City Solicitor shall be furnished by the directors of the various departments with statements of claims which remain due and unpaid within thirty (30) days from the date said claim became due and payable. The City Solicitor shall enter such claim in the city lien docket. Upon payment of any claim so entered, it shall be the duty of the City Solicitor to cause satisfaction to be entered upon the proper record.
The City Council or its authorized representative and the City Treasurer jointly shall have power to provide for the temporary investment of city funds and for the disposal of such securities when the moneys may be needed. Such investments shall be made in accordance with Section 1804.1 of the Third Class City Code, as added by the Act of 1959, P.L. 306.