The amount of snow that has fallen on the sidewalks and streets of Canadian cities this winter has been staggering. Several cities have reported monthly records of snowfall, specifically during the December storm that hit much of Ontario and Eastern Canada.
And the pressure this has placed on Canadian cities is seen nowhere more than overwhelmed snow clearing budgets.
This winter's wicked ways are not yet behind us. Indeed, more may be yet to come for some cities. But already towns across Canada are facing empty coffers due to snow clearing expenses.
Toronto, for example, budgets about $80 million for snow removal every year. Coun. Denzil Minnan-Wong told the Globe and Mail that, seven weeks into the new budget year, the city might already be running over budget.
It may be too soon to calculate the damage done to 2014 budgets, but it could be bad if 2013 is any indication.
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