MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A snowy December could cause a budget problem in Minneapolis.
Each year, the Public Works department allots roughly $8.5 million for snow removal. That amount will cover three snow emergencies and 20 other minor snow events each year.
City leaders met Friday to discuss the budget, and if December’s snowfall is average compared to other years, the weather likely won’t have any impact on the budget. However, November’s unusual weather does have officials keeping a close eye on finances.
“This year is different. We’ve already had a snow emergency and an ice storm,” said Mike Kennedy with the Minneapolis Public Works Department.
If December does become a snowy month, the timing makes for another challenge.
“This time of year it’s difficult. We have no place to make adjustments, we’re at the end of the year,” said Kennedy.
If the money for snow removal runs out, officials said the roads will still be plowed. City leaders would just have to move money from other areas or ask the City Council for help.
“They usually say keep plowing, because it’s so critical for public safety,” said Kennedy.
St. Paul plans for four snow emergencies each year. City officials also say the plows will be on the roads to keep people safe.
WCCO-TV’s Rachel Slavik Reports