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Snowstorms threaten public works budgets

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As another snowstorm took aim at the New England region on Tuesday, transportation and public works officials around the state said this winter’s high levels of icy precipitation have begun to threaten their balanced budgets.

At the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, snow-related expenses have already come in at $61 million — $18 million over the budgeted amount. Boston has used up a more modest portion of the plow-related allotments in its coffers: $10 million of its $18.5 million budgeted has been spent.

In other cities and towns around the state, public works departments are inching closer to tapping out on their snow removal budget, causing local leaders to cross their fingers that the wintry weather will abate soon before their remaining funds dwindle to zero.

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