Q Are donations to a municipality earmarked for renovation of City Hall subject to the public purchasing statutes?

A Yes, donated funds, once accepted by the governing authorities, become public funds and must be expended in the same manner as other municipal funds. Donated funds that have been specifically designated for a construction project must be expended in accordance with the public purchasing statutes, regardless of the origin. The municipality may return donated funds that were designated for a specific purpose in the event that it fails to carry out the specific purpose for which the donation was made. (Attorney Generalís Opinion to Ginn, June 17, 2016)