Snow Removal Budgets Haven't Been Touched

Local Department of Transportation offices say if the mild winter continues the money normally spent on snow removal could possibly be spent on other projects.

Each year the state sets aside a certain amount of money to be spent on snow removal. DOT workers say so far in Pitt County, none of that money has been used.

Last winter was a much different story when Pitt County DOT Maintenance Engineer Jeff Cabaniss says the county spent $253,000 of state money on snow removal.

This year tons of salt and thousands of gallons of salt brine sit in Pitt County waiting to be used - and the state's snow removal budget remains high.

Cabaniss says in years past the state has put excess money from it's snow removal budget into county maintenance budgets at the end of the winter, allowing the money to be used for other projects like paving and patch work, but says it's not a sure thing. He says the state could decide to spend it on overages elsewhere , or save it, considering the tough economy.

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  • by chill Location: enc on Jan 18, 2012 at 05:21 AM
    Should save for next winter, but the state wants to waste it so they can raise our TAXES every year.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 18, 2012 at 05:18 AM
    If they are smart they will wait until winter is over. But we are talking about the govt. here, so they will probably go ahead and waste it on something then be crying when they need it. Better yet how about putting in savings and let it roll over for another year when more is need than what has been budgeted. Nope, that takes brains and the govt. has proved they don't do business like they have any.
  • by Bloke Location: New Bern on Jan 18, 2012 at 04:30 AM
    They will probably spend it on some rediculous park where only a select few will use it.
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Jan 18, 2012 at 04:16 AM
    Typical bureaucrats.... if they haven't spent or even OVER-SPENT they are not happy. And we all know some of the biggest snows have come in March. And as one blogger put it.... what is wromg with a surplus?? Save it for a rainy day or better yet lower the budget next year to prevent more taxes.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 18, 2012 at 03:40 AM
    I'm sure our GREEDY state government is biting at the bit to get their hands on it.....can you please at least wait until winter is officially over before robbing it blind.
  • by Sir Plus? on Jan 17, 2012 at 09:11 PM
    Whatever happened to the idea of surplus? Nest Eggs? Save it for a rainy day?
  • by m on Jan 17, 2012 at 07:07 PM
    Well then put it aside for the next season, didn't they learn from 2008 downfall?
  • by MrTL Location: LaNC on Jan 17, 2012 at 06:12 PM
    They probably jinxed us with that comment. Now we'll probably get the biggest snow ever since they said this. And if they do save it, Beverly Perdue will use it for her travel budget, like she has the lottery!

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