Frequent snow chewing up cities’ removal budgets

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — As the plows, front loaders, and dump trucks chew through the snow, they are also chewing through the budgets for many cities and towns across the state.

In Hartford, there was so much snow last week that they had to haul it away from downtown. For now, city streets have been cleared and ready for the next storm, but the Mayor’s Office says the budget is not.

“There is no perfect formula for this,” said Maribel La Luz. “It’s contingent upon the weather. It’s contingent on the resources that you have available.”

Hartford is not alone. New Haven is out of money and the state has used up $29 million of the $32 million budgeted for snow removal. So what are the city and towns going to do? La Luz says the mayor is working on it.

“The mayor and DPW are going to meet this week to talk about that snow hauling operation and see what it all comes down to,” said La Luz. “Keep in mind we have over 60,000 commuters that come into the city everyday and we have to get rid of the snow.”

There is a bright side to the snow budgets. While the money for overtime and outside contractors is gone, La Luz says there is still plenty of material left in the budgets.

“We have been very fortunate with the salt and the sand,” said La Luz. “We aren’t running out of supplies because we have done a combination, we are alright with that.”

The state says they have plenty of salt and sand to go around, but there is more snow in the forecast for Thursday.

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