FARMINGTON — The Navajo Nation Council has approved a $640.7 million comprehensive budget for fiscal year 2015.
The budget includes $199 million in tribal revenue and about $441.7 in federal, state and private funding.
It is divided among the three branches with the executive branch receiving $561 million, the legislative branch receiving $17.4 million and the judicial branch receiving $18.7 million.
On Tuesday, members of the council voted 14 in favor and two opposed to approve the fiscal year 2015 budget.
In previous years, the council would spend more than a day debating the budget but this year they approved it, along with six amendments, on the first day of a weeklong budget session.
As of Wednesday, the budget had not been submitted to Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly for review.
After it is submitted to his office, the president has 10 days to sign it, veto it or use his line-item veto authority.
Line-item vetoes are not subject to override by the council, according to Navajo law.
The legislation containing the budget was sponsored by delegate Jonathan Nez, who represents the Navajo Mountain, Oljato, Shonto and Ts'ah bii Kin chapters in Arizona and Utah.
"The experience of this council guided budget discussions at the standing committee level with each program and all through the budget development process," Nez said in a Legislative Branch press release.
He added that the budget process was streamlined because of the work completed by the tribe's Office of Management and Budget, the Office of the Controller, Legislative Branch staff, and the divisions and departments.Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636 and firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @nsmithdt on Twitter.