Rough winter ravages government snow removal budgets

KSDK – Our record-setting winter has taken its toll on snow budgets for local governments.

The Missouri Department of Transportation is more than $3 million over-budget for snow removal this winter. MoDOT typically budgets between $4.5 million and $5 for snow removal. This winter, it's spent $7 million and counting.

MoDOT will make up for the extra cost by delaying some projects – that could mean patching potholes instead of more extensive street repair.

Across the river in Monroe County, Ill., the county engineer says they're also over-budget, despite not allocating money specifically to winter costs. Monroe County ordered $67,000 worth of salt, and has already used $50,000.

In St. Louis County, $3 million has been spent on snow removal – a figure that's higher than usual, according to a county information manager.

St. Charles County, meanwhile, has spent $211,000 of its $395,000 budget for snow removal so far. That includes salt, calcium chloride and overtime. The county says it expects to be within budget for the rest of the year.


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