President Begaye Vetoes Resolution No. CJA-04-02

Window Rock, Navajo Nation, Ariz. - Today, President of the Navajo Nation Kelsey A. Begaye, issued a memorandum to Speaker of the Navajo Nation Council Edward T. Begay, outlining a veto message to the Navajo Nation Council regarding Resolution No. CJA-04-02: “Amending CS-78-00 by making a supplemental appropriation of $2.0 Million from the Navajo Nation Unreserved, Undesignated Fund to complete the Phase One Construction of four new dormitories on Navajo Nation Lands used by Navajo Preparatory School, Inc. waiving 12 NNC § 820 (J), § 820 (L) and § 860”

President Begaye vetoed Resolution No. CJA-04-02 on February 6, 2002. The following is the text of the memorandum, dated February 8, 2002:

Please be advised that after further research and evaluation I have decided to exercise my veto authority pursuant to 2 NNC § 1005 (C) (10). The above-referenced legislation was passed by the Navajo Nation Council on Tuesday, January 29, 2002 by a vote of 64 in favor, 6 opposed, 2 abstaining. Speaker Begay certified the legislation on Thursday, January 31, 2002.

The Office of the President/Vice-President supports the general intent of CJA-04-02 to appropriate funds to our educational institutions, such as Navajo Preparatory School, Inc. However, because the Unreserved/Undesignated Fund Balance is $7.1 million which is substantially below the mandated level of $49 million, I cannot support CJA-04-02. Pursuant to the Appropriations Act, the minimum fund balance for the Unreserved/Undesignated Fund Balance shall be maintained at a level equal to the amount required to operate the Navajo Nation Government for six (6) months based upon the operating budget for the prior year, excluding expenditures for Capitol Improvement Projects as determined by the Controller. Furthermore, the Unreserved/Undesignated Fund Balance may not be used to fund recurring expenditures or operations of the Navajo Nation Government; rather it should be used for emergency situations.

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