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Boston 2024 has proposed a $4.7 billion operating budget and an additional $3.4 billion for nonoperating costs. If history teaches us anything, it’s that this budget will probably be exceeded. As a result, House Speaker Robert DeLeo wants to hire a consultant to monitor the process (“State considering consultant to watch Olympics finances,” Business, March 4).

Here’s an idea: Since the backers of Boston’s Olympic bid promise that the state won’t have to pay for anything it wasn’t already planning, let the state simply inform them that they must sign a legal document that stipulates that they will personally pay for any overruns.

Michael Suvalle