Now You Know - Spending Public Money

Now You Know - Spending Public Money

Wondering whether your township can spend money on an activity? Townships need statutory authority to spend public money. Why all the restrictions? Because it’s ‘other people’s money’. If you can’t point to a law authorizing the use of public funds on a particular activity then it’s an “unlawful expenditure”. This webinar, featuring MTA Staff Attorney Catherine Mullhaupt, will review the general guidelines and offer specific examples of lawful and unlawful expenditures—all in just one hour!

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Catherine Mullhaupt

Staff Attorney, Member Information Services


Catherine provides township officials and employees with information and resources regarding the day-to-day functions of township government. She writes for the "Hello, MTA...?" and Legal Briefs columns, and other articles in the Michigan Township Focus, develops MIS Department resource materials and webpages, authors MTA publications, and presents workshop and conference sessions, as well as live and recorded online courses.

She joined MTA in 1991, spending her first nine years in MTA's Education Department writing and editing articles for the Township Focus and MTA publications. She coordinated educational workshops and the annual MTA trade show, and assisted in coordinating the annual MTA educational conference. 

She was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan in 2006 and is currently the MTA Staff Attorney.

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