Heartwell: We have spent entire winter budget

24 Hour News 8's Emily Linnert and Brett Thomas interview Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell on "Daybreak." (Jan. 28, 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Grand Rapids has received 75 inches of snow so far this season, according to Storm Team 8, and 38 inches in the month of January alone.

The City had $1.5 million budgeted for snow removal this season.

Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell told 24 Hour News 8 on “Daybreak” Tuesday morning that the City has spent its entire winter snow removal budget.

He said, “we expect to exceed that budget by perhaps as much as a half million dollars — money that then has to come from a contingent account. …But this has become a very expensive winter so far.”

After those contingency funds run out, City officials said they can dip into the Rainy Day Fund, and then will have to start using money slated for summer projects.

Crews dump the removed snow to an off-site location on Butterworth Street.

Heartwell said the City has brought in another 2 and a half tons of road salt.

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