The head of the Park Finance Office has a message for Animals who, she says, may have unrealistic expectations of the 2015 budget.
“We can’t have tomorrow’s lunch today,” she said in a Mammalian Daily Radio interview this morning.
Valentina Abeja, who took office less than a month ago, was responding to a question by a listener about a “more equitable” budget.
Abeja said that after spending the past two weeks mulling over the results of the December public consultations on the budget, she had “renewed faith in the goodness of The Park’s population.”
Still, she cautioned that many of the items that Park Animals listed as “important” or “essential” will be impossible to include in the next two budgets for which she is responsible.
“I would say unequivocally that the future will be rosier, but I am dealing with the present and we have to rein in our expectations,” she replied.
As we are already into the third month of the year, Abeja said her first priority is to present a feasible budget.
“After that, we will have longer to think about 2016 and how to meet both our economic and political goals,” she said.