The City of St. John's has spent more than half of its 2014 snowclearing budget.
As of April 30, St. John’s has spent $8.2 million of its $16-million budget for the year, nearly $1 million more than the amount ($7.3 million) budgeted for the year to date.
“We’ll move forward into the summer. Hopefully the snow will stop soon,” said Breen. “We will see how the rest of the year transpires for us in terms of snowclearing.”
St. John’s has already spent $631,607 on labour overtime this year, more than twice what the city budgeted ($300,000) for the entire year. The other main larger-than-anticipated expenditure for snowclearing operations in 2014 is salt; so far the city has spent $2.3 million on salt, which is $674,828 more than budgeted year to date ($1.6 million), and more than two-thirds of the $3.1 million budgeted for the year. On the positive side of the ledger, the city is $243,235 under budget in its year-to-date amount for salaries and wages, having spent $2.7 million as of April 30 instead of the $3 million anticipated.