2014 City Snow Tab So Far: $11.2 Million

Friday, Jan 10, 2014  |  Updated 4:31 PM CDT
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The City of Chicago is already in danger of blowing out its 2014 budget for snow removal.

The Department of Streets and Sanitation has spent $11.2 million to plow and salt city streets since it began snowing on Dec. 31.

Around $10.2 million of that figure comes out of the 2014 budget, almost half of the $20.3 million earmarked for the entire year. The remaining $1 million will come out of the 2013 budget.

The breakdown of costs is:

  • Labor: $2.5 million
  • Salt: 7.2 million
  • Equipment: $1.5 million

An estimated 23 inches of snow has dropped on the Chicago area since Dec. 31.

DSS crews are now concentrating efforts on clearing side streets.

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