Lack of 2013 snow saves Spokane $200,000

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on January 30, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 30 at 6:40 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Spokane leaders said they saved money in 2013 because of the lack of snow. The city still had to spend most of its budget even though there was not much snow.

City officials said they saved about $200,000 removing snow last year but they still spent a lot of money on de-icer. 

“There were a lot of little storms, de-icer is always our biggest expense, but we didn’t have a lot of snow plow labor like the heavy snow,” said Julie Happy of the City of Spokane.

City leaders said more than $700,000 went to de-icer alone.

The budget for 2013 was $2.47 million but the city only spent $2.27 million. This money only covers cost from January through December of a given year.

The rest of the money went to paying drivers, buying parts, maintenance on the plows and gas for city vehicles.

City leaders said it could actually save more money in years when there were few concentrated storms.

Expenses for snow removal are still being finalized. They should have the final numbers for 2013 in by March. 

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