By MICHAEL KITCH, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — Warm temperatures and scant snowfall has spared the city's winter maintenance budget, which last year closed in the red.
By the end of January a year ago, the city had exhausted $343,930, or 85 percent, of its winter maintenance budget of $406,000. Expenditures were $43,440 in November, $170,066 in December and $130,424 in January. When the season ended, the budget was overspent by $75,000 and the deficit offset by transferring unexpended funds from other departments without drawing on the winter maintenance reserve account.
So far this winter, expenses are less than half those of last year. By the end of January, the city had spent $170,447, or only 38 percent of the $445,500 that was budgeted. Almost half the expenditures this year were incurred in January when $58,322 was spent dealing with two icing events and seven snow storms, and another $26,637 replenishing stocks of salt and sand. Through January, there is a remaining balance of $275,052.
City Manager Scott Myers said that any funds remaining when winter ends could be transferred to the undesignated fund balance or applied to the winter maintenance reserve account, which has a current balance of $95,397.
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