Snow Piles Up Public Works Costs in Seymour

Large and frequent accumulations of snow this winter are not only weighing on people's nerves, but also the budgets of Connecticut municipalities like Seymour.

The Seymour Board of Selectman has called a special town meeting Tuesday night, asking residents to authorize the town to move more than $100,000 in the town's budget to cover the high costs of snow removal this winter. Any money transfers greater than $50,000 require the approval of Seymour citizens.

A big part of the expenses to the town with all the snow has been labor and overtime because many of the winter storms have fallen on the weekend. Seymour has already exceeded its projected labor budget by more than $20,000. Costs for road treatment like sand and salt have exceeded the current budget by more than $100,000.

If approved, the money the selectmen are requesting will be moved from the town's general fund to the public works fund.

The meeting is scheduled to start at 6:45 p.m. at Seymour Town Hall.

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