Los Angeles has been failing to make timely payments to vendors that provide city services, according to a motion introduced Tuesday.

The city contracts with vendors for a variety of services, including providing portable restrooms at events and maintaining the city’s email system. According to a motion by Councilman Bob Blumenfield, the city is taking “many months” to compensate vendors and “must improve the speed of processing and paying invoices.”

As a result, there are some companies that have refused to do business with the city, especially smaller companies that can’t afford to wait half a year for payment, according to the motion.

“The city owes it to constituents and the incredible businesses and nonprofits that are the backbone of L.A., to figure out how to pay its bills in a timely manner,” the motion reads.

The motion seeks a report in 90 days on ways to expedite the payment process and to ensure that invoices are paid within 30 to 90 days.

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