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County snow budget may run out today

February 17, 2000

If the weather forecast was accurate, the Washington County Highway Department will have exceeded its snow budget today, Director Ted Wolford said Thursday.

Wolford said that by Thursday he had spent about 98 percent of the $350,000 budgeted for snow removal.

A storm was expected to move into the area after midnight today, bringing with it sleet and freezing rain.

And there could be more to come.

"We can still get snow in March," Wolford said.

The county doesn't stop clearing roads just because snow removal has exceeded the budgeted amount, he said.

Instead, some projects, such as patching roads, would be delayed until July 1, when the next fiscal year starts. He said he can dip into department cash reserves when the budget for snow removal is exhausted.

The National Weather Service said there was a 30 percent chance of sleet or freezing rain early today and an 80 percent chance of precipitation during the day.

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- Scott Butki

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