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County's Winter Cleanup Costs Three Times Budget

Winter storm cleanup costs have tallied about $25 million so far in Montgomery County.

Winter storm cleanup costs have tallied about $25 million so far. File|Patch
Winter storm cleanup costs have tallied about $25 million so far. File|Patch

The seemingly unending winter landed one last wallop in Montgomery County: Cleanup cost to date have totaled nearly three times what was budgeted.

County officials set aside $9.1 million for weather emergencies in the current fiscal year. But applying salt, snow removal and overtime for county workers have brought the cost to about $25 million, The Washington Post reports. The cost come from multiple departments, including police, fire, the Transportation Department and the Department of General Services.

Spokesman Patrick Lacefield said County Executive Isiah Leggett will likely ask the County Council for a supplemental appropriation to cover the added expense.

Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport has recorded 30.7 inches this winter, while a weather observer for the newspaper in Damascus has measured 56.8 inches, the newspaper says.

Bill Samuel March 15, 2014 at 01:02 PM
They should have a revolving fund for this, into which each year's appropriation would go and from which costs would be paid. By its nature, the costs for any given year are unpredictable. But if they developed a revolving fund into which average costs (plus an inflation allowance) were used as the basis of annual appropriations, over time you should rarely need supplementals.
Maryellen Brady March 16, 2014 at 02:26 PM
Another impact of short sighted denial of escalating changes in climate around the globe. Americans can work together, if they are told the truth and able to face circumstances. It's only when individuals with private selfish political agendas try to lie and deceive that we get into trouble. The perpetrators of deception grab their profits and run while the rest of us are left to clean up the mess.

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