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Council Committee Postpones Discussion of Penaltie...

Council Committee Postpones Discussion of Penalties Owed to Nonprofits for Late Payment of Invoices

The Oakland City Council’s Finance and Management Committee this week postponed a discussion of the city’s handling of late payment penalties that are paid to nonprofits and vendors that provide services to the city.
Nonprofits and small vendors that depend on city contracts to their pay employees and their bills are especially adversely affected when the city fails to pay invoices on time, according to representatives of nonprofits who have spoken at previous council committee meeting.
Compounding the negative impact, the penalties the city pays for late payment of invoices are tiny, inadequate to cover expenses and fines incurred by the vendors that are left waiting for the city to pay its bills
The Oakland Post contacted Councilmember Abel Guillén, chair of the Finance Committee, about his position on these issues and what he may propose to relieve the financial stress on small nonprofits and vendors, a number of which provide services to the homeless, unemployed, youth and other vulnerable Oaklanders.
By publication deadline, the Post did not receive a reply from Councilmember Guillén.
The discussion of the city’s handling of its prompt payment ordinance and late payment penalties is scheduled to be discussed at the next meeting of the Finance and Management Committee, Tuesday, April 24 at 9:30 a.m. at Oakland City Hall.

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