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Snow cleanup exceeds budget

March 22, 2001

Snow cleanup exceeds budget



By SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

The Washington County and City of Hagerstown governments spent more than was budgeted for snow cleanup over the winter, according to county and city department heads.

Tuesday was the first day of spring, but that doesn't necessarily mean no more snow will fall this year, said Washington County Highway Department Director Ted Wolford.

Washington County's snow removal budget was $388,960 and Wolford said actual expenses are expected to top that amount by about $100,000 to $120,000.

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Last fiscal year, the county allocated $352,998 for snow removal, and exceeded that amount.

"It is kind of hard to call," he said.

When the snow budget is depleted, he can dip into money from the highway user fund reserves, said Wolford and County Administrator Rodney Shoop.

The city of Hagerstown has spent $228,200 on snow clean-up, said city Finance Director Al Martin.

That is about $2,200 over the $226,000 amount budgeted, he said.

When the city goes over the regular snow budget, money can be used from other parts of the budget, including a contingency reserve, Martin said.

"Overall, I'd say we're in line with the budget," Martin said.

During the 2000-2001 winter, 22.9 inches of snow fell in Hagerstown, according to Hagerstown weather observer Greg Keefer's records.

It was the lowest snowfall total since the winter of 1997-1998 when 13.3 inches fell in the area. The average annual snowfall in Hagerstown is 29.7 inches.

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