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Storms deplete Kansas City's snow removal budget


The snow totals are piling up and so are the costs for removing the white stuff from area roads.

Kansas City Council members will have to move funds from their emergency funds to cover extra costs for snow removal. That is because the city has exhausted the $2.75 million in this year's budget.

"We have spent about $2.8 million, but we have extensive contingency funds in place," said Sean Demory, spokesman for the Kansas City Public Works Department. "We budget with enough flexibility to be able to deal with the changes in weather."

The city has about $4 million in the city's contingency fund to handle emergencies. The budget ends April 30.

The heavy winter storms last February meant the city had to pay about $3.8 million for snow removal, which was about $1 million more than budgeted for overtime, equipment and products.

The city has plenty of salt, having used 15,000 of 25,000 tons. Demory said the city has so much salt that they sold 1,000 tons at a cost of $50,000 to the Missouri Department of Transportation.

The city's snow removal efforts have prompted strong responses. Some residents believe they have done a fine job under grueling conditions.

"I think they did just fine. They had two trucks going tandem," said Joe Duffy. "I was worried about getting home and made it home every day."

But others said the side streets were seriously neglected and need more attention.

"The side streets are not too good," Karen Patrick said.

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