Winter blast busts Portland's budget

The city set aside more than $1 million for snow removal this winter. (WGME)

PORTLAND (WGME) – The city of Portland is trying to keep out of the red.

The latest winter blast busted the city's snow budget.

The city set aside more than $1 million for snow removal this winter.

It's called a winter storm budget because it's not supposed to budge, but the latest snowfall will widen city wallets beyond what was expected this year.

The city's $1.1 million annual storm budget is used up.

The city had broken even at the end of February.

Mayor Ethan Strimling said this 16-inch snowstorm blew it out of the water.

Now the city will look at the budget to see if money can be moved.

Otherwise, if needed, they'll take out more money to get the job done.

"I think though the budget we put in place will give us some flexibility,” Strimling said. “We've had winters where we've gone over before, we've figured out how to shift more money in there. Obviously, plowing is something we can't do without, this is an essential service of government, we do it well, we need to make sure we find the funds to do it."

The mayor said we're not at the point of needing to pull extra money out, but it will be a discussion within city council if the winter weather extends into spring.

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