SPOKANE, Wash-- Despite little snow in December, the City of Spokane did not save much in 2013 from the winter weather budget, which was around $2.5 million.
Crews put de-icer down on streets Thursday in preparation for a forecasted storm. City officials said de-icing accounts for one-third of the budget, even when the predicted snow does not fall. This expense is part of the reason the mild winter did not save taxpayers as much as some might expect.
Still, the lack of snow cut some costs. In some years, it saved the City tens of thousands of dollars. The early estimate for 2013 predicted the City was within its budget.