Appleton Snow Budget Could Affect Tax Payers
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APPLETON- Appleton residents could soon see their tax rates go up! That's because the city's public works department has already used 99% of its approved snow budget for 2013. Leaders say it's due to the 8 major snow storms we saw earlier this year and they're worried they may run out of funds to plow the city streets come December.
"We want to continue our level of service and keep the streets safe for motorists," said Nate Loper, the director of public works for the city of Appleton.
That may be hard to do though considering out of the $1.2 million budgeted for the year, there's only a little over $6,000 left.
"If the city of Green Bay Department of Public Works is plowing the roads in the middle of the night, that's about $20,000 an hour," said Christopher Pirlot. Pirlot is the director of public works for the city of Green Bay.
With just $6,000 left in the Appleton snow removal budget that means the city doesn't even have enough money to plow the roads for one snow storm and taxpayers may have to help foot the bill.
According to Pirlot the revenue from the city has to come from somewhere and it's usually from tax payers or program users.
The snow money is set aside for the months of January through March and also the month of December. City leaders say money will likely be tight until they can renegotiate for 2014.
Green Bay Public Works says it's very uncommon for cities to stop plowing the roads, but eventually someone has to pay for it. Appleton's Public Works crew is already planning a meeting to further discuss this year's budget.