City of Madison says snow not impacting winter budget

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- Madison was hit with another snowstorm Monday night into Tuesday, and crews from the Madison Streets Division were out yet again clearing the roads.

Despite the heavy snow the city has seen, the Streets Division said this is a pretty typical winter.

"We have a commitment to the city that after these major snow events that we're going to get everything back to normal as quickly as we can," said Bryan Johnson, a spokesperson for the Streets Division.

Johnson also said snow totals are about average for this point in the season. When it comes to the city's winter budget, he is not worried.

"We have had a lot of plows lately, they do budget plenty for this stuff, there's contingency reserves too, so if it ever gets at kind of an uncomfortable feeling budget-wise," he said.

Local stores have been seeing a salt shortage, but the Streets Division said their supply is doing fine, even after salting all residential streets in Madison on Monday.

"It didn’t really eat into the supply any more than an extra round or extra storm would," Johnson said. "It’s still extra salt that had to get put down which is again because the conditions were what they were, we had to make that decision, but no that shouldn’t be a problem for us as far as salt supply."

If snowstorms stretch into March or April, that might be when the city has to dip into extra funds. However, Johnson said, no matter the budget, the most important thing is keeping everyone safe.

"It'll never come to a point where we don't plow the streets because of a budget constraint, that's just not going to happen," he said.

Other public works departments in Janesville and Oregon also said they are not worried about their budgets for the rest of the season. The Village of Oregon said their staffing budget is slightly higher than usual, but that can be offset during the rest of the year.

The Dane County Highway Department said the county saw more snow than usual in January, but they will have to wait until the end of the year to see how the budget turns out.