The Town of Kentville has yet to calculate the full extent of its snow removal budget deficit.
By Kirk Starratt
The Town of Kentville has ended its fiscal year with a deficit for snow removal. Although the final total has yet to be calculated, Mayor Dave Corkum said council has planned for the situation and it’s manageable.
The town uses a five-year average when budgeting and places any excess funds in reserve so there are resources available in those years when the snow and ice removal budget is exceeded. Corkum said you have to expect a bad winter every so often.
“It usually balances out at the end of the day,” he said.
With the 2013-2014 fiscal year ending on March 31, Corkum said the final tally on how far over budget they went still hasn’t been calculated. However, he estimates it’s somewhere between $35,000 and $50,000.
Corkum said the last report to town council indicated they would have a deficit of between $15,000 and $20,000. He said they don’t have a price yet on what it cost to clean up from the March 26 nor’easter but he estimates it will be somewhere between $20,000 and $30,000.
In contrast, there were surpluses in the two previous budget years, approximately $80,000 and $50,000 respectively.
Corkum pointed out that up to about a month ago, the town had a surplus of about $75,000 in the 2013-2014 snow removal budget.
Engineering and Public Works director Fred Whynot said on March 26 that the town’s snow removal budget for 2013-2014 was $252,000 and, prior to the March 26 storm, they were over by about 10 per cent.