Relentless winter taking a toll on snow budgets

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.

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