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The expenditures as classified and itemized in the final biennium budget shall constitute the City’s appropriations for the ensuing fiscal biennium. Unless otherwise ordered by a court of competent jurisdiction, and subject to further limitations imposed by ordinance, the expenditure of City funds or the incurring of current liabilities on behalf of the City shall be limited to the following:

(1) The total amount appropriated for each fund in the budget for the fiscal biennium, without regard to the individual items contained therein, except that this limitation shall not apply to wage adjustments authorized by PMC 3.75.030; and

(2) The unexpended appropriation balances of a preceding budget which may be carried forward from prior fiscal biennium pursuant to RCW 35A.34.270; and

(3) Funds received from the sale of bonds which have been duly authorized according to law; and

(4) Funds received in excess of estimated revenues during the current biennium, when authorized by an ordinance amending the original budget; and

(5) Expenditures authorized by budget modification as provided by RCW 35A.34.130 and those required for emergencies, as authorized by RCW 35A.34.140 and 35A.34.150. [Ord. 4381 § 2, 2018; Ord. 3557 § 57, 2002; Ord. 3406 § 1, 2000; Code 1970 § 3.84.010; Code 1954 § 2-20.04.]