line item


Definition of line item 

: an appropriation that is itemized on a separate line in a budget

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line-item \ˈlīn-ˈī-təm \ adjective

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Vernon Hills included the $500,000 as a tentative line item in the 2018-19 budget, while school officials listed that money in their referendum just in case the village changes its mind, which was something Byrne passionately pointed out on June 5. Rick Kambic,, "Vernon Hills officials, residents debate Hawthorn 73 funding efforts," 2 July 2018 Since 2003, more than $2 billion collected for Florida’s affordable housing programs have been diverted to other line items in the State’s budget. Scott Maxwell,, "15 questions for the candidates for Orange County mayor. Where do they stand?," 24 May 2018 The most expensive line item of any project can be regret. Barbara Ballinger,, "Chicago designers offer do's and dont's for functional kitchens," 2 July 2018 Some line items from the old form, such as personal exemptions for each member of the household, were eliminated under the federal tax law passed in December. Kathleen Pender,, "Is new 1040 tax form deceptively simple or just deceptive?," 29 June 2018 The new form eliminates more than half of the 78 line items from the previous form, reducing it from two full pages of text to one double-sided half page. Jim Tankersley, New York Times, "The New Tax Form Is Postcard-Size, but More Complicated Than Ever," 25 June 2018 The Sheriff was quick to say that for the first time in years the LCSO is under budget in the contract cowboy line item and that credit goes to the tireless efforts of Hobson. Community Report, Houston Chronicle, "Hobson named LCSO employee of the month," 6 May 2018 When the budget was originally presented to the board, Morask emphasized that numerous line items were reduced within the town fund and general assistance fund in comparison to what was budgeted for in 2017-18. Jennifer Johnson,, "Seeking a 'flat' budget, Maine Township trustees call for reductions," 1 May 2018 The money for the new Willie Brown Middle School was a mere line item in a 2011 bond issue that raised $531 million. Daniel Duane, WIRED, "How the Startup Mentality Failed Kids in San Francisco," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of line item

1962, in the meaning defined above

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