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Our County Council approved a budget at the beginning of the year. Something has come up that was unexpected, but we feel we should put some money toward this project/issue (it was not a line item). Do we need to go back and amend the budget? Or is the budget a living document that as long as the expenditure was voted and approved we are good.

Dear Michelle,
First and foremost, remember the taxpayers are watching. Yes, the budget is a living document. So it can and must be amended. In the future you might include a line item called "emergencies or miscellaneous" just for something like this that might happen unexpectedly.

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Question submitted by Michelle Taylor on January 21, 2014