Wacky weather throws off winter budget for local governments

April 16, 2018 05:49 PM

The weather is dealing a tough hand to local governments that don't typically budget for snow and ice removal in April.

Saratoga County has had to move some money around to accommodate the never-ending winter. That could have an impact all the way through next December.

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Saratoga County DPW Commissioner Keith Manz wasn't planning for this. His million dollar salt budget is gone, so he had to move another quarter-million dollars from projects just to buy more.

"We've had a lot more salt use than at other year in my six years here. Three years ago, we had a bad year, but this was worse than that," he noted.

Keep in mind, that budget is supposed to last Saratoga County all the way through the end of the year. The commissioner is banking on a mild December.

This extension of wintry weather is also preventing crews from starting on spring road projects. Manz says they're about two to three weeks behind schedule. He's not worried about that yet, so long as they get some cooperation from the weather. Manz says it really depends on how many rainy days they have throughout the summer.

If the weather does not cooperate and they need to take even more money from the projects budget, Manz says they could have to delay some road and bridge work until 2019.


WNYT Staff

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