Storms begin to take toll on Portland’s snow removal budget

PORTLAND (WGME) -- Portland didn't see quite as much as other parts of the state, but the city still got about half a foot.

Since Sunday night, there has been a combined total of more than 20 inches.

According to Mayor Ethan Strimling, the snow removal budget is $1.1 million for the year. However, that’s dwindling in a hurry.

"Before February, we were looking good with over a half million dollars left in the account. Obviously, they've been running rugged at this point trying to get all the snow off the roads. I'll be looking at those numbers to see if any adjustments need to be made in the budget,” Mayor Strimling said.

Before last Sunday night, $239,000 has been spent on overtime.

Lots of schools ended up having delays today or being cancelled. At USM in Portland, college classes didn't start until 11 a.m. so crews could plow the parking lots and sidewalks.