St. Louis nearly doubles yearly snow budget

ST. LOUIS - Another storm means more money must be spent to clean up all this ice and snow.

The head of the St. Louis Streets Department says this latest storm could push the city past the $2 million mark. That's double the $1 million budgeted for the season.

Todd Waelterman says a portion of the extra money needed will come from a budget surplus in other city departments.

"And then the material will be replaced in next year's budget, something that we're starting to work on now that starts in July. So, it's actually spread out over a couple of years. So it's a million dollars in a big city. So, I mean, we're going to make it work. I mean, all of the services are going to maintain. A million dollars isn't a great thing for the city," said Waelterman.

And this year, before they could start clearing the snow and ice, they had to clean up what was left behind from Mardi Gras in Soulard.

That process started three hours earlier than normal, so crews could get the trash picked up before the weather moved in.


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