[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Livingston 11-5-1979 as Ch. 11 of the 1979 Revised General Ordinances. Amendments noted where applicable.]
During the month of November in each year, the Manager shall require all department heads to submit requests for appropriations for the ensuing budget year. The requests of the department heads shall include such cost studies and analyses as are required by the Manager. The department heads shall appear before him at public hearings, which shall be held during that month, on the various requests.
Upon the basis of the departmental requests, the budget hearings, his analysis of the needs and resources of the Township, and such policy guides as may be prescribed by resolution of the Council, the Manager shall prepare his recommended budget in the form required by general law for municipal budgets.
The budget message shall consist of such explanatory comments, exhibits and schedules concerning the budget as the Manager may deem desirable, together with:
An outline of the proposed financial policies for the ensuing budget year, including explanations of the important features of the budget and of any major changes in policy;
An analysis of revenue and costs, and of work performance contemplated by the budget, so far as appropriate units of measurement may have been developed and installed;
A statement of pending capital projects and proposed new capital projects, relating the amounts required for capital purposes to the down payments and other expenditures financed from current appropriations and to the amount of bonds to be issued during the budget year; and
A capital program of proposed capital projects for the budget year and the next five years, which may be prepared by the Planning Board, together with his comments thereon and estimates of cost prepared by the Department of Public Works.
The Manager shall control the expenditure programs of each department through the application of work programs and periodic allotments of budgeted appropriations. No department shall incur any expenditure in excess of the amount so allotted.
Whenever it shall appear to the Manager that the amount appropriated for any department or for any purpose within a department is in excess of the amount required to be expended to provide the quantity and quality of services authorized by the budget, the Manager may, by administrative order with the approval of the Council, reduce the amount available for expenditure by any department during the remainder of any year.