Winter storms are putting some governments in Washington County on a slippery financial slope.
Just a few weeks and few storms into the season, Washington County has spent about 70 percent of its snow removal budget and the City of Hagerstown has spent more than 50 percent of the money it had set aside for plowing, salt and sand, officials said.
Ted Wolford, director of the Washington County Highway Department, said the three winter storms this season have been costlier than typical storms for two reasons: The storms have been more ice than snow, and they have come on nights or weekends when workers must be paid overtime.
The county budget for snow removal is $320,555. As of Thursday afternoon, the county had spent an estimated $225,000 to clear the roads, Wolford said.