It still concerns me when I read something like this:
"Maerz said in years past the program has often gone over budget, so the cuts proposed will be more dramatic than they appear."
When a department head is so flippant about the fact that a program has "often gone over budget," it makes me wonder how many other programs go over budget. What is the process for going over budget? Does the Council approve it? Are the funds taken from somewhere else?
The budget is supposed to be balanced and if it is balanced, allowing a certain amount for such a program (or any number of others) and it (and any number of others) goes over budget, then where does that money come from? It has to come from somewhere.