Well, those days are over. Now the joys of budgeting never end — and the worries of having your funding yanked are constant as well.
“We are definitely in a situation right now, because of the size of the problem, in the mode of year-round budgeting,” affirmed Greg Wagner, Mayor Gavin Newsom's budget director. “When times were better, we waited for a large portion of the year, took a break, and introduced the budget on June 1. With this economic climate, we need to be making continuous work on on bringing the budget deficit down.”
While Wagner talks of year-round budgeting, sadly, with a projected $522.2 million shortfall to make up by June, what he often means is year-round cuts. Around City Hall, in fact, some are calling the mayor's new proactive budgeting “monthly cuts.”