The snowfall was just Mother Nature’s way of reminding us we live in a winter city. And, while we are still playing with the 2015 snow dollars, Council has approved a snow budget of $7 million for the coming year.
Councillor Jillian Merrick, however, feels earmarking $7 million eat year may not be sustainable in the long run.
“Since 2013, we’ve had essentially a 40% increase in our snow budget. So, it went from $5 million, to $5.8, to $6 to, now, $7. We can’t continue that,” she says. However, Merrick joined her eight other Council counterparts in passing the budget for 2016, saying this will winter be the first true test of the new policies introduced around snow clearing.
Prior to this first snow fall, the City had spent $5 million, but that could be eaten up quickly before the end of December, meaning nothing extra for the already-bare snow reserve. It’s something that is concerning to Councillor Terri McConnachie, who suggests maybe money should be set aside for the reserve.