Montana Code Annotated 2014

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     17-7-403. Budget amendment certification. In approving a budget amendment, the approving authority shall make the following certifications and in addition shall provide all other information required below as an integral part of the certification:
     (1) The approving authority shall certify that:
     (a) specific additional services will be provided as a result of the expenditures to be permitted under this budget amendment and shall also list each specific service to be so provided;
     (b) the specific services to be provided under this budget amendment are necessary;
     (c) the agency requesting this budget amendment has no other reasonable alternative available to provide the additional services. The certification must specifically include determinations by the approving authority that the agency cannot provide all or specific parts or amounts of the additional services with existing appropriations or that the agency is unable within its existing appropriations to fund all or part of the additional services from any source lawfully available to it.
     (d) the budget amendment makes no ascertainable present or future significant commitment for increased general fund support.
     (2) For budget amendments to spend money in the state special revenue fund, except money from nonstate or nonfederal sources that is restricted by law or by the terms of an agreement, such as a contract, trust agreement, or donation, the approving authority shall certify that an emergency justifies the expenditure and shall state the specific nature of the emergency, the date on which the requesting agency became aware of the emergency, and the manner in which the requesting agency became aware of the emergency.

     History: En. Sec. 3, Ch. 536, L. 1983; amd. Sec. 4, Ch. 433, L. 1993.

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