Nova Scotia racked up a $680 million deficit for the 2013-14 year. 

Diana Whalen, the finance minister, called it a "serious" deficit on Thursday. The former NDP government had predicted a $16.4 million surplus. 

Many of the expenses were one-offs, so the working deficit is in the $200 million to $250 million range. The governing Liberals have promised a balanced budget by the end of their mandate; the NDP made the same promise. 

The government closed the books on the most recent fiscal year, 2013-2014, that ended on March 31. Spending by all departments was up $70 million from last year. Total revenue was down $340 million from last year. 

The province's net debt sits at $14.7 billion. 

It takes about four months to close the books on a previous year’s finances.

The latest numbers are connected to the final budget for former New Democrat Premier Darrell Dexter’s government.

Last December, the new Liberal government predicted overspending of about $482 million — way above the NDP's deficit prediction of $16.4 million last August.