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File #: 153-2021    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Consent Calendar Status: Passed
File created: 4/19/2021 In control: CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NAPA
On agenda: 5/4/2021 Final action: 5/4/2021
Title: Escheatment of Unclaimed Funds
Attachments: 1. ATCH 1 - Resolution, 2. EX A - Unclaimed Funds Outstanding Checks Over $15.00, 3. EX B - Unclaimed Funds Outstanding Checks Under $15.00
To: Honorable Mayor and Members of City Council

From: Bret Prebula, Finance Director

Prepared By: Donna Lee Lawrence, Accounting Technician

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Escheatment of Unclaimed Funds

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RECOMMENDED ACTION:
Recommendation

Adopt a resolution approving the escheatment of unclaimed funds, which results in a transfer of unclaimed funds to the City in the total amount of $9,403.82, in accordance with California Government Code Sections 50050 - 50057.

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DISCUSSION:
The City issues checks on a regular basis in payment of various obligations (payroll, vendor payments, deposit refunds, etc.). Checks are forwarded to the address provided to the City by the payee. Occasionally, checks remain uncashed for an extended period of time or are returned to the City as undeliverable as the address provided is not valid. In those instances, City staff attempts to locate the payee by telephone, mail and/or internet searches. Even after those efforts, there are still instances where the checks remain uncashed. Typically, a check becomes stale-dated (not honored by the bank) after a period of 180 days from the date of issue. If the payee is located, the original check can be voided and re-issued. In those instances where the City is unable to locate the payee, a process has been developed to provide one final opportunity for the payee (or legal representative) to come forward and claim the funds and to then transfer any remaining unclaimed funds to the City's General Fund. This process is called "escheatment" - which is defined as the process of turning over unclaimed or abandoned property to a governmental authority.
California Government Code Sections 50050 through 50056 provide that funds that are not the property of a local agency that remain unclaimed in its treasury for a period of three years becomes the property of the local agency after notice is provided. The required notice is the publication one time per week for two successive weeks in a newspaper o...

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