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Area cities: budgeting snow removal requires a crystal ball

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Budgeting for snow removal is far from precise, and that’s precisely because no one can predict the weather.

Area cities budget differently for snow removal. For example, Lake Shore budgets $35,000 per year for snow removal, which includes sand and salt supplies, as well as a contract for plowing services. At the end of 2012, the city had $22,000 left in the snow removal budget. 2013 was a different story.

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