Philadelphia exceeds snow removal budget by $1.2 million

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 Pedestrians pass Independence Hall  in Philadelphia during a March storm. The city exceeded its snow removal budget by $1.2 million. (AP file photo)

Pedestrians pass Independence Hall in Philadelphia during a March storm. The city exceeded its snow removal budget by $1.2 million. (AP file photo)

Despite a chilly end of the week, the winter is behind us. But its effects linger — as evidenced by the bills for snow removal that surfaced as a topic during city budget hearings.  

The city exceeded the budget set aside for snow removal costs, said Streets Commissioner Dave Perri.

“Our operations are supplemented with contractor equipment.  We had $4 million budgeted for contractor equipment last year,” he said. “I know we exceeded that amount by $1.2 million.”

Perri said the city is purchasing new trash trucks, which will be equipped with brining equipment that he said will better prepare city streets for next winter’s snows.

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