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City, county- Snow budgets will last

February 02, 2001

City, county- Snow budgets will last



By SCOTT BUTKI / Staff Writer


Washington County and the city of Hagerstown still have money in their budgets to pay for more snow cleanups.

Unless Washington County is hit with a lengthy, big storm it will have enough money in its snow budget, Washington County Highway Department Director Ted Wolford said this week.

If the budget runs out, he can dip into money from the highway user fund reserves, said Wolford and County Administrator Rodney Shoop.

As of this week the county has used up 84 percent of its $388,960 budget, Wolford said. Last fiscal year the budget was $352,998.

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At least one of the storms hit on a weekend which meant added costs due to overtime, he added.

But, he said, "It hasn't been too bad. We're on target."

"We have had several bad weather days but there has not been anything huge," he said.

Shoop said the county has experienced mild winters the last three years. But this year the weather is less mild, he said.

"This winter is more back to the norm," Shoop said.

As of Jan. 20, the city of Hagerstown has spent $155,000 of its $226,000 snow removal budget, or about 68 percent, said Al Martin, ciy finance director.

If the city should go over that budget, money can be used from other parts of the budget, including a contingency reserve, Martin said.

It's too early to say if the $226,000 is enough, he said. "We still have a bit of winter to go through."

After mid-February, though, the days get longer and the temperatures increase, which helps the snow melt faster.

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