Bills Pile Up Along With All that Snow

Call it 'breaking the snow bank'

Tuesday, Feb 15, 2011  |  Updated 9:30 AM EDT
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Bills Pile Up Along With All that Snow

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 27: A man uses a snowblower to clear snow from the sidewalk on West 34th Street following a major blizzard on December 27, 2010 in New York City. A massive snowstorm crippled much of the Northeastern United States leaving up to a foot of snow for New York City and New England and left millions of holiday travelers stuck at airports and train stations around the eastern seaboard. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

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Mayor Bloomberg's administration has already spent nearly twice what it had budgeted for snow removal this winter, with several more weeks to go before spring.

The sanitation department has spent $78 million to clear the streets so far, after budgeting $39 million for the job.

That includes $33 million in overtime and $11 million on extra equipment rentals.

The city has seen about five feet of snow this winter.

According to the Daily News, the sanitation department sets its annual snow budget based on an average of what the city spent in previous years. The city spent $10 million less than it budgeted in 2008.

The newspaper said this year's overrun is the largest in Bloomberg's three terms in office.

Mayor Rudy Giuliani once budgeted $13.5 million for snow removal for the winter of 1995-96, but ended up spending $60 million.

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