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Thank you for the information and your question. You don't say whether or not you have a written contract with the City. If so, if there are terms of payment on the contract that the City is not complying with, you could do a couple of things, but neither may be good choices for you. One is to refuse to provide any further services because of the breach by the City in their payment under the contract. Of course, if you don't have a term contract or exclusivity, they might just hire someone else.
The other is to file a small claims court suit for any unpaid balance and ask the court to award you interest. My guess is that if you did file, the City would pay you before your court date and the court might dismiss your case without awarding interest. You could also try to renegotiate your contract with a proviso that the City must pay interest of a specific rate if payment is later than a certain date. In most cases, most businesses, and cities, have a 30 day payment cycle. So, 5 days would be surprising if the City of SD can make that turn around.
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