Area cities: budgeting snow removal requires a crystal ball
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.