The library may spend only the amount budgeted within one fiscal year. However, sometimes during the budget year there is unexpected revenue that the library wishes to spend. If the library receives additional income from any source, it cannot be spent unless the certified budget is amended to include this additional income. No city department, including the library, should spend more than has been budgeted for its department unless the certified budget is formally amended by the city council.
Most cities routinely amend their certified budgets and library budget amendments, if any, should be included in these amendments. Amendments must be approved and published by city officials before May 31 of the current fiscal year, the statutory deadline for city budget amendments.
The city clerk or city budget manager should be consulted to determine the date when the library's amendment must be submitted for inclusion in the city's amendment hearing. A legal form for requesting an amendment will be provided by the city.