Sudbury snowplowing costs spike to $18M

Sudbury city councillors will get an update Monday night on how much snowplowing is costing taxpayers.

Sudbury city councillors will get an update Monday night on how much snowplowing is costing taxpayers.

The bill for 2013 is in, and it's $18 million — about $3 million more than the city had projected.

But, Greater Sudbury keeps a reserve fund to cover inevitable cost overruns when it comes to snowplowing, salting and sanding.

In 2013, the city saw about 50 centimetres more snow than normal.

Similarly, this January, about 30 extra centimetres of snow fell on Sudbury, and that drove-up the so-called "winter control" cost for the month by nearly $4 million.

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