Q Our city employs a city clerk and deputy clerks who are licensed notary publics. The city receives numerous requests from its private citizens to notarize documents unrelated to city business. May the city clerk and deputy clerks notarize documents unrelated to city business for private citizens and charge a fee to be used for the city’s fire or police departments?

A The municipality may not provide notary services to the public that are unrelated to municipal business through its clerk and deputy clerks even if the municipality charges a fee for such service. We have consistently opined that “[i]t is fundamental that cities may only engage in activities which constitute proper governmental purposes and may not engage in private enterprise.” (Attorney General’s Opinion to Mayo, October 26, 2018)