You Ask ... Patch Answers: What Happens To Snow Removal Funds When There's No Snow?
New feature gives readers a chance to learn more about their town
We’re all a little curious.
Driving through town one morning, you may wonder if that vacant building you pass will ever be occupied, why there’s no stoplight at a certain busy intersection, how long it takes to complete a road project or one of a million other questions about your town.
That’s where Patch comes in. With our new feature, “You Ask ... Patch Answers,” we will strive to find the answer to all your questions—big, small and in-between—about the town we live and work in. Whether it’s something you’ve always wondered about, some information you just can’t put your hands on or a sudden curiosity, we want to hear it.
Send your queries to Becca.Manning@Patch.com or leave them in the comments section below, and I will do my best to dig up an answer for you. You also can call me at 781-217-4233.
“You Ask ... Patch Answers” will run on Tuesdays at noon.
To start things off, I picked a question of my own: What happens to money set aside for snow and ice removal when we have a winter without snow?
To find the answer, I reached out to Needham Town Manager Kate Fitzpatrick, who provided the following reponse:
We budget our Reserve Fund to accommodate snow and ice expenses above our annual budget, which is $400,000 this year. We have spent $145,000 (approximately) to date, and we have not needed to allocate any of the $1 million plus Reserve Fund for snow and ice, at least not yet.
Typically, when we have funds remaining because of little snow, we work with the Finance Committee to fund capital items or other one-time projects that would not have been funded otherwise, or we recommend making contributions to our myriad of stabilization funds (“rainy day” and special purpose funds). We will likely recommend both of these options this year.
Is there something you’d like to see the extra funds used for? What capital projects around town would you like to see completed? Share your thoughts in the comments below. And remember: Send me your questions for future "Patch Answers"!