Relentless winter taking a toll on snow budgets - ABC6 - Providence, RI and New Bedford, MA News, Weather

Relentless winter taking a toll on snow budgets

Posted: Updated:

By: Melissa Randall

More snow is headed our way. As crews look to prepare ahead of the storm some local cities and towns are wondering how they are going to afford it. Some mayors will have to tap into emergency funds to keep the roads safe.

Several inches of the white stuff fell across Rhode Island yesterday. As the snow piles up so do the bills. All the sanding, salting, and plowing of the roadways during the storm has put Cranston over its snow budget.

"We have set aside prudently an additional $260,000 in a reserve contingency account for instances where we have a bad snow year," said Mayor Allan Fung.

The mayor says making sure roads are passable and safe is a top priority.

Fall River, too, has gone through all of its snow funds. The city is 100–thousand dollars in the red. Providence, Warwick, and Pawtucket aren't over budget yet, but are about half way through the allotted budgets for this winter.

© WLNE-TV 2014

Follow me on Twitter @MelissaARandall

Powered by WorldNow

10 Orms Street Providence, R.I. 02904

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WLNE.
All Rights Reserved.

For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.