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Section 7-102 Expenditures.

No money shall be expended or payment made from any fund of the City, except assessment, trust, agency, revolving or working capital funds, until an appropriation shall be made therefor, but this requirement shall not apply to judgments or lawful investments. An ordinance making an appropriation of money shall not contain a provision on any other subject.

All obligations for interest on the bonded indebtedness of the City and other fixed charges shall be paid as the same mature, or in accordance with the terms of contract or law.

Any liability or liabilities willfully incurred by the Council to be paid in any fiscal year, which singly or in the aggregate shall be in excess of the revenues and receipts for such a year, shall be null and void.

The Council may by ordinance limit the expenditures of every department of the City government, except interest charges and other charges fixed by contract or by this Charter during each fiscal year, or during any month thereof, and any contracts made, debts created or liability willfully incurred in excess of the amounts authorized by the Council, where the Council may so limit the expenditures of moneys, shall be null and void, and the Council shall not authorize any expenditures during any fiscal year, nor shall any liability or liabilities be incurred by or on account of the City of Portland, to be paid in any particular fiscal year (for the payment of which approval of the Council shall be necessary) which singly or in the aggregate shall be in excess of the revenues and receipts received or available during such year, applicable, or made applicable by transfer, to the payment of such liability or liabilities. Nothing contained in this Charter shall authorize the enforcement against or collection from said City, on account of any debt, contract or liability, of any sum in excess of the limitations prescribed in this Section.

The City shall issue no warrants or other evidences of indebtedness, except upon special assessment funds, and the payment of judgments against the City, unless there is money in the treasury applicable to the payment of the same on presentation, and all evidences of indebtedness issued contrary to this provision shall be null and void. Any member of the Council knowingly voting to incur any liability or to create any debt in excess of the amount limited and authorized by the law, shall be deemed guilty of malfeasance in office, and for such malfeasance such member may be removed from office. [Ch. 1903, sec. 117; am. May 3, 1913, sec. 91; rev. 1914, sec. 193; 1928 pub., sec. 193; 1942 recod., sec. 7-102; am. Nov. 6, 1962.]