Recent snow storms are hurting Springfield’s budget

The 1st storm cost $350,000; the 2nd storm cost $700,000

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield has a budget of about $1.6 million. That’s divided into salaries, materials like sand salt and gasoline, and hired contractors.

As of last week, Springfield was already at the budget for materials and hired contractors. Last weeks storm cost the City about $350,000 and this week was just about the same, totaling about $700,000.

DPW Director Chris Cignoli went to City Council on Friday to get approval for deficit spending. He said the biggest expense they’ve encountered is salt. He said, “Probably about $150,000 of that was just salt. The prices for salt have gone through the roof in this area so we are over budget for the year. We have approval for deficit spending so we’re going to keep going and get everything cleaned up in the city.”

Cignoli said they are still working to clear up roadways. The parking ban is still in effect so crews can do their job. That’s no parking on the EVEN side of the street from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. and no parking on the ODD side from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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