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Late-Season Storms Creating Budget Trouble

Posted at: 03/19/2013 5:27 PM
Updated at: 03/19/2013 5:36 PM
By: Laurie Stribling
lstribling@wdio.com

While this winter got off to a slow start, there have been an above-average amount of plowable snows in Duluth over the last couple months, and that may mean trouble for city budgeting.

Kelly Fleissner heads up plowing efforts for the city of Duluth and he said crews have been out 30 times this winter; the average is 23. He said two-thirds of those plowable snows took place in the last couple months.

"We're probably over budget by $100,000 to $150,000 on just the 2013 side of this winter," Fleissner said. "We're starting to eat into what we're suppose to have available next fall and early winter. We're getting a little bit nervous about that."

Funding for snow removal is set for the calendar year, which means late-season storms affect supplies for the next winter season.

"We're hoping this will end very soon for us and we don't have to dig any deeper into that pocket of money," Fleissner said.

Whether or not Duluth gets more snow this season, Fleissner said his crews will not sacrifice safety. He said they'll work with other city officials to shift funding around.

Fleissner also said excess money is not able to roll over from year to year. Even though we had little snow last year, the money was redistributed.