BOSTON (CBS) – Winter is taking its toll on the budgets around Massachusetts, with many cities and towns spending significantly more than they allotted for snow removal.
During his Tuesday press conference, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said the city has spent over $30 million on snow removal after allotting $18.5 million for Fiscal Year 2015.
Boston is not alone in breaking its budget.
Quincy’s budget has taken a hard hit with the seemingly non-stop snowstorms.
An official at the Quincy mayor’s office said initially the city set aside $1.7 million for the fiscal year. But clearing snow on a nearly 24/7 basis since the first major storm of the year has pushed the cost well over $4 million.
That number will likely only grow when the city begins hauling snow out of neighborhoods and over the seawall, something officials were recently granted a waiver to do.
Danvers Department of Public Works Director Bon Lee told WBZ-TV the town’s original snow budget was set at $700,440. As of Tuesday, Danvers has spent $1.077 million on snow removal, not including another estimated $30,000 that will likely be added from recent work.
Braintree Mayor Joe Sullivan said his town has spent over $300,000 more than expected while Mansfield officials said they are projecting a deficit of over $100,000.
Melrose DPW Director John Scenna said that as of last week, his snow removal budget was at about $800,000, amassing the projected $500,000 for the winter.