Here’s how much is budgeted for plowing, salting, and other snow clean-up in Madison

The city has approximately $1.2 million budgeted for each of 5 1/2 snow events in 2020.

MADISON, Wis. – The city of Madison has approximately $6.5 million in its executive budget for 2020 to deal with snow and ice events.

According to budget documents, that money covers about 5.5 winter weather events with three or more inches of snow.  That includes all of the staffing, supplies, and equipment needed to plow, salt, and sand roads, as well as clear sidewalks and bus stops that fall under the city’s responsibility.

Madison Streets Division spokesperson Bryan Johnson tells News 3 Now that manning and running plows for an event like we’re expecting this weekend costs around $230,000, with an additional $24,000 for each overtime shift.  If the forecast pans out as expected, this would be the second major snow event of the season.

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Last year, the city allotted for just over $6.1 million for snow and ice clean-up.  An estimated $7.1 million was spend to deal with winter events.  Alder Keith Furman says when the costs exceed the budget, there is a contingent reserve set up to make up for those expenses.