Winter Weather Melts Snow Removal Budget

Our state is trying to dig out from a budget shortfall, that could get even deeper, since we've had to dig out from recent snowfalls.

The state allocated 20 million dollars for any wintry weather this year, but lately we've spent more than twice that number.

In Pitt County, DOT crews spent more than 212 thousand dollars to put salt and sand on the roads along with hours of overtime for workers.

We spoke to Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton, who says they will have to look at how they will counteract the cost when reserves are running low.

Dalton says it will be up to the legislature whether they'll raise taxes to generate funds for the budget.

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As another storm approaches North Carolina, the state has already spent more than twice what was budgeted for snow removal this season.

Already this winter season the D.O.T. has spent more than $45-million on statewide snow removal efforts, while just $20-million has been budgeted.

The biggest cost comes from Watauga County in the western mountains where crews have spent $2.2-million. Here in Eastern Carolina the snow removal efforts have been a little bit more reasonable. Nash County leads with $331,000, followed by Halifax with $330,000 and Wayne with $307,000.

Some other counties with high snow removal costs include Wilson at $248,000, Edgecombe at $216,000, and Pitt County at $212,000. On the low end, Carteret County has spent just $7,693 on snow removal so far this season.

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