What is meant by “budget appropriation”?

Budget appropriation refers to authorizations made by the City Council that permit the city to incur obligations and expend resources. When the City Council appropriates funds, they are saying the community should, for example, spend its money on public safety or make investments that improve the quality of life in Las Cruces. 

The city cannot collect or spend money unless it is appropriated, and this ensures the public’s money is spent according to the public’s needs as expressed by the democratically elected City Council.

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1. What does Budget Office do?
2. What is a "Fiscal Year" (FY) and when does it begin and end?
3. What is the budget process?
4. What is the difference between the capital budget and the operating budget?
5. How do I get involved or learn about the budget before it’s adopted?
6. What does it mean to “adopt the budget”?
7. Where does the city’s revenue come from?
8. What is an expenditure?
9. What are infrastructure and capital improvements?
10. What is meant by “budget appropriation”?
11. What is a budget adjustment?
12. What is a budget transfer?
13. What is carryover?
14. What is a full-time equivalent position (FTE)?
15. What are user charges?
16. How do I obtain a copy of the Fiscal Year Operating (includes the Message of City Manager) and Capital Improvement Plan Budget?