Falmouth "Underbudgets" Snow Removal Costs

The Cape Cod Times reports that just one of 14 Cape towns came in under budget for snow removal in the last fiscal year.

(Patch file photo)
(Patch file photo)
Updated: Falmouth highway superintendent John Lyons caught up with Patch this week and corrected the information we quoted from the Cape Cod Times: The town's budget for snow and ice is $150,000 annually, not $156,000.

How much has Falmouth spent on snow removal this winter? Neither Patch nor, apparently, the Cape Cod Times has been able to find out from the town's highway superintendent, John Lyons, who has not yet returned a call from Patch placed last Thursday; but if last season is any guide, most or all of the money earmarked for this purpose has already been spent.

The Times's Sunday article on snow removal costs across the Cape reports that last winter, Falmouth spent $467,000 more than its budget of $156,000 (actually $150,000, see note above), which remains the same for this season.

Towns "generally underbudget" for snow, a Dennis official told the paper, which printed a table indicating that in fiscal year 2013 only one of 14 Cape towns, Provincetown, spent less than its snow budget and most towns spent hundreds of thousands more.

Read more: Cape snow budget white out (Cape Cod Times)


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