Therefore I did what I thought was the prudent thing to do. I mailed a money order to the city for the full amount. Late yesterday I received an email from the city letting me know that they got the money order, however they are sending it back to me because the “city does not accept money orders“.
I cannot use the bank’s online “bill pay” option because there is no way to attach the required invoice to it. Therefore my only option is to use one of the temporary checks the bank gave me when I opened the account.
To be honest, I’m not really sure how to react to the city’s resistance to accepting a money order for an open records request. In my business, I would prefer a money order over a check. I guess I’m missing something.