Who has the authority to expend fire department funds?
Again, the answer depends on the structure of your department. Assuming that the department is established by ordinance, the city council has the authority to determine the budget and when the funds are expended. However, city councils often delegate limited authority to other city officials, such as the mayor, the city clerk, the city manager or department heads. This delegation of authority should be granted by resolution of the council. The amount and timing of expenditures is best addressed during budget preparation. The timing of expenditures can be very important to the cash flow of the city as a whole.