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Mild weather saves city cash

Jan 06 2012

The City of Nanaimo is just shy of spending its snow removal budget this year, thanks to the mild start to winter.

Costs to clear snow in 2011 are below budget, with the city spending $599,127 of its $600,000 annual limit.

The city plowed through much of its budget between January and March as a La Nina weather pattern swept through the region, causing major snowfall and cold snaps. The start to this winter season has been mild, helping to keep costs down.

The city has spent $170,000 in the past two months leading up to Jan. 1.

Although invoices are expected to continue rolling in during the next two weeks, Shannon Graham, the city's manager of financial planning, does not expect the budget to be surpassed.

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