What does the Bond Authorization permit the city government to do?
The bond authorization gives the City Manager authority to bring individual requests for funding for capital projects to the City Council for their action (that is, approval or disapproval of funding). Projects often may be financed in stages - to accomplish the architectural / engineering element, to land purchase when necessary, or to perform studies as required by regulatory agencies. Approval of funding is called an appropriation. When an appropriation of funds is made, construction or whatever work the project calls for may start. Once the work begins, the city is generally committed to doing the project and eventually selling bonds.

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1. What is a budget?
2. Why do governments budget?
3. What is the timeline for the budget process?
4. Why does the budget begin in the middle of the calendar year?
5. How are spending decisions made?
6. What budget documents are required to be prepared?
7. What are the legal responsibilities of the City Manager and City Council regarding budget setting?
8. Once the budget is approved, can it be changed?
9. Where do city revenues come from?
10. Since the final budget can be only an estimate, what happens when the actual spending or revenues is higher or lower than the city expected?
11. How is the operating budget organized?
12. What is the Capital Improvements Plan?
13. How does the city pay for Capital Improvement Plan projects?
14. What does the Bond Authorization permit the city government to do?
15. How can the city proceed with projects if it has not sold bonds to get the cash needed to pay for them?
16. How much can be borrowed?
17. How does the budget affect property taxes?
18. How can I express my opinion to elected officials on budgetary issues?