CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — Winter is finally over but towns and cities across the region are already thinking about what next year might bring.
Cranston Mayor Allan Fung has proposed an increase to next year’s snow budget — and says he wants to spend more money on buying tucks to use in future snowstorms.
“It was five or six weekends in a row where we accumulated five feet of snow in that short period of time,” said Carlos Lopez, Fung’s Chief of Staff.
Mayor Fung’s office is now proposing to increase the snow budget by about 14 percent for next winter.
Lopez says the proposed budget for 2015-2016 is $740,000 — a $90,000 increase over last winter’s budget of $650,000.
“We’ve overspent that by about $500,000, so it’s almost close to a 50 percent increase,” Lopez said.
According to Lopez, it is impossible to predict exactly how much will be needed for the snow removal budget — but with the last few active winters, he is confident that increasing the budget will help.
“We’re just thankful that winter looks like it’s going to be over, hopefully the prediction for this weekend holds up and we have some nice 50 and 60 degree weather.”
The proposal will still need to be approved by the Cranston City Council.