TRI-CITIES, Wash. -- Tri-Cities Public Works employees have been working to keep streets clear of snow and ice, but how far have they already cut into their budgets?
Taking a look at each city's original budget, Richland estimated $90,000 for the year. So far they've spent $34,000 just on salt and deicer, not including staff pay. Kennewick budgeted $65,000. They're tallying up their total cost by the end of this week and will then judge whether or not they will need to ask for more money. Pasco's original budget was $67,800, but after spending $30,000 already, they're asking city council for a bigger budget.
Ahamad Qayoumi, with Pasco Public Works, says "we're anticipating that if we have these kind of events, that it's covered. And we make sure that we can provide those services to the residents of Pasco, and snow removal, and stay within those plans of removing the snow primary routes and the secondary routes."
Pasco City Works is asking City Council for that money Tuesday night.