The municipal budget shall be proposed by the Manager. During the month of November of each year, the Manager shall require all departments to submit requests for appropriations for the ensuing year and to appear before him for administrative hearings. Said hearings shall be held during November on the various requests.
After the departmental hearings, analysis of the needs and resources and such policy guides that Council may have prescribed, the Manager shall prepare and recommend his budget. On or before January 15 of each year, the Manager shall present to Council his recommended budget, containing the budget in proper form, and a budget message.
The budget message will consist of such explanatory comments, exhibits, schedules and data as the Manager may deem desirable to demonstrate the need as shown by the budget.
The Manager shall control the expenditure programs of each department through work programs and purchases. No department shall incur any debt or make any expenditure without approval. Whenever it appears that the amount appropriated for any department for any purpose is in excess of the amount necessary, he shall report same to the Council for approval, to reduce the available allotment for the remaining portion of the year. The Manager shall have prepared, for each meeting, a tabulation of all approved invoices so that disbursements, as appropriate, may be authorized by the Council.