By Reg Chapman

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It’s been such a mild winter, plows that are usually mounted on city salt and sand trucks are sitting idle, lined up in a row inside a city garage.

Money typically used to keep city streets clear of snow is not being spent, but where does that money go?

According to Mike Kennedy with Minneapolis Public Works, what’s left over goes back into the city’s general fund.

“What we save in the snow budget or expend in the snow budget has to be balanced out with all the rest of the general fund activities: Police, fire and there are lots of other public works things that are funded out of the general fund,” Kennedy said.

For the past two years, the City of Minneapolis budgeted $9 million for snow removal.

In 2010, because of the heavy snowfall in November and December, Minneapolis spent $3 million more than expected.

It was a different story in 2011, and the City was right on budget because the snowfall was about average at around 53 inches.

“What we’re not having to do is do all the back to back shifts, bring people on overtime on weekends and things like that, that’s where it really starts to get expensive,” said Kennedy.

Instead, workers can focus on other road projects and the city’s latest issue — finding out what’s wrong with the Sabo pedestrian bridge.

As for all that salt the City ordered to help ease the ice on the roads, according to Kennedy it doesn’t go bad and can be used next year.

The City is locked in to how much salt it must buy to get a discounted price. If there is no more snow this season, Minneapolis will have to come up with a place to store it all so it can be used next year.

Comments (16)
  1. Brett says:

    Well, I can assure you, it won’t go into repairing or rebuilding any ROADS or STREETS, it will probably go into the city’s WELFARE FUND, because, as we all know, there is NEVER ENOUGH MONEY in THAT BUDGET, and way TOO LITTLE SUCCESS, to BOOT.

    1. wWillIAm says:

      So the story reports that the money in part is going into repairing a bridge and you reply with your rant. I am sorry, you are one stupid person if you cannot process what a story reports and remember it less than thirty seconds later.

    2. Antoine says:

      The city doesn’t pay welfare dummy.

  2. Frosty says:

    Don’t get excited, winters not over yet..

  3. AJ says:

    The money goes back into the general fund so the Police can buy brand new shinny LED lights that are cooler then the shinny new LED lights they bought last year. Oh and a new black and white Challenger because they’re shiny too.

  4. Pat says:

    Who are they trying to kid about the salt? They will misplace it and or leave it out in the weather for rain to wash it away and say that they don’t have any salt and that they have to order more and we will probably get more snow next season and they will say they ran out and need more.
    Where is this 53 inches that they are talking about? Hell where is this 18 or so inches that they are talking about that we have gotten this season for that matter, in my yard we have maybe gotten 8 or 9 inches of snow all winter long and that 9 inches is pushing it. I haven’t seen or heard a snow plow even go near my road all winter long. But we are talking about Minnesota politics and Minnesota weather forecasters so its not a big surprise that both are great convicts and can spew manure threw their teeth with a smile and making it sound, look and smell good while its shooting out of their mouths.

    1. Pot says:

      I’m telling the doctor you’ve gone off your meds again.

    2. AJ says:

      How is attempting to accurately predicting the weather anything like “spreading manure through their teeth?”

      Not even the smallest of communities store their road salt and sand out in the open. At least try and gain a tiny amount of knowledge before blasting out such a pitiful post.

      YOU ARE NUTZ!!!

  5. Pundit says:

    Leaving money around the government is like leaving a Twinkie in front of a fatty.

    It will soon disappear.

  6. maxey says:

    This time of year it goes into a slush fund.

  7. big banjo says:

    should it not go back to the taxpayers?….you know, the people who have to carry the burden of increased property taxes because of the financial burden placed upon us by our inept city council and Mayor?……our taxes are raised to meet the demand yet when the demand is much less than what is expected will that money come back to us?…..I SAY LOWER THE PROPERTY TAX TO REFLECT THIS UNEXPECTED RELIEF FROM LACK OF SNOW……we taxpaying citizens are FED UP with idiots spending and making decisions WITH OUR MONEY.

    1. Senor says:

      calmate amigo, todo esta bien, no te preocupes

    2. AJ says:

      That’s stupid. So if we get extra snow next year will you write a check when asked too? Lower property taxes? How is that fair to everyone? Oh that’s right, you’re stupid!!!

  8. Brett says:

    It goes into the pockets of politicans or the pockets of welfare families to buy their votes for the next election. ‘Nuff said.

    1. WillIAm says:

      Tenacity is an admirable goal except in your case. Shown once above the value of your comments. Give up

  9. ericg says:

    Money saved is money wasted, maybe for Gay awareness club or abort your fetus for stem cell reserach or help the lazy people live on welfare.

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