Last year when I looked at this question, I concluded that the city's 2014-2015 budget was indeed balanced and didn't require use of that sneaky asterisk ("plus reserved fund balance and other financing sources").
After the jump, reviewing that conclusion and looking ahead at 2015-2016.
Last year's proposed budget forecast an ending fund balance of $42,433,114. This year's proposed budget shows a beginning fund balance of $46,793,918. It looks like we didn't have to draw down any fund balances to keep the overall budget in balance. So far, so good.
Now let's look at the 2015-2016 proposed budget.
|Budget FY 2015-16|
|Beginning Fund Balances||$46,793,918|
|Ending Fund Balances||$48,325,491|
Once again, the ending fund balance is greater than the beginning balance. That means the budget is balanced without needing to draw down the fund balances. That means the budget is squarely in the black without reliance on any sneaky asterisks. Ta-da! Woohoo! WE DID IT!