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County snow removal budget in better shape than last year

March 10, 2004|BY TARA REILLY

WASHINGTON COUNTY - Although this winter's weather caused the Washington County Highway Department to overspend its snow removal budget, the county came out in better shape when compared to last winter, Director Ted Wolford said Tuesday.

Wolford told the County Commissioners that snow removal costs for this fiscal year so far have come in at about $772,000, which is about $208,000 more than the approximately $564,000 the department budgeted.

Wolford said eight storms hit the county this winter, compared to seven storms last winter.

Last winter, however, snow removal costs totaled $1.186 million, which was about $700,000 over the budgeted amount, Wolford said.

"We all recognize the challenges that we have in the Highway Department," Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook said. "Hopefully, we won't see any more snow this year."

In addition to the snow removal discussion, Wolford presented the Highway Department's total operating budget for fiscal year 2005, which begins on July 1.

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The proposed $6,784,570 budget calls for increased funds of $393,614, or 6 percent.

The department's current budget is $6,390,956.

The proposed budget also includes $3.78 million in road maintenance costs.

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