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City's Snow Budget Wiped Out

And they haven't finished tallying the cost of Wednesday's storm.

Wondering where Cranston's snow budget stands?

One word: spent.

The city's total snow budget for this year was $635,000 and a $250,000 reserve has all been spent.

But Chief of Staff Carlos Lopez said the inevitable deficit in the snow budget can be resolved at the end of the fiscal year by adjusting other line items in the overall budget.

"The reality is some line items end up under, some end up over, so we can make adjustments to balance it out," Lopez said.

The city doesn't have a separate bank account just for paying city workers and contractors to plow and sand streets. The "snow budget" in reality is a marker in the annual budget that sets aside a figure the city expects to spend in one year. 

Lopez said the depleted snow budget did not take into account this past snow storm and with the potential for more storms on the horizon, it's likely that the total cost of snow plowing and cleanup will exceed $1 million by spring.
Becca February 06, 2014 at 07:59 PM
lol of course they ran out of $$$
Bob February 06, 2014 at 08:15 PM
Don't care.....The Mayor's job is to run the city...I don't want to hear him talk about pinching pennies with snow removal on WJAR 10 the other day......just plow and clear the roads ...case closed...... It's times like these when all those buddy buddy Union contracts really don't look that good.... do they Mayor......
Steven r February 07, 2014 at 06:37 AM
They always run out of money for snow removal. Union double time and a half costs a lot of money.
Vinnie B. February 07, 2014 at 08:54 AM
Maybe i'll start submitting invoices to the city for pothole damage to my vehicle. The city should also bill the jack-holes that throw snow from their sidewalk and driveway into the street.
Bob February 07, 2014 at 11:37 AM
Vinnie, we agree for once.....Spot on dude.....Looks like Fung can't manage a snow removal budget...and he wants to be Governor........NOT !!!!!!
Rick bell February 07, 2014 at 01:40 PM
Hey mayor let's give the police and fire big raises. OH. It snows in Cranston. Can't anger those firemen and cops. Republican raising taxes. Thought only dems did that.

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