Municipalities across the state often budget less money for snowplowing than it typically costs to provide the service. That’s because snow removal is the only budget item that state law allows them to overspend; the additional costs are paid later in the year with reserve funds.
This year’s free cash figure is slightly higher than last year, when the city started with roughly $1.2 million, Kezer said. The city used about half of the money to pay for road and sidewalk construction and for the one-time payroll appropriation resulting from the city’s new union contracts.
The remaining balance has been rolled over into this year’s pot.