Provincial snow clearing goes over budget

Ryan Ross
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A plow works to clear the highway near the Charlottetown Mall on a blustry winter morning on Thursday, March 27, 2014.

Although winter is technically over, the weather continues to hit the province's finances as the Transportation Department snow clearing spending climbs about $2.5 million over budget.

Transportation Minister Robert Vessey said that number will increase because there is still more winter weather left.

"We have to continue to deal with what Mother Nature dishes out to us," he said.

Those costs

Vessey said every winter is different and the department burned more fuel in government vehicles in December than it did all last season.

"Safety is always front and foremost in this department and with the hard winter there comes a cost," he said.

When it comes to next year's budget, Vessey said the department will look at the costs once they are all in.

"Until the winter's over that's hard to comment on," he said.

Organizations: Transportation Department

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  • Barrett
    March 30, 2014 - 12:48

    No wonder you are over budget Vessey, even today, I saw a plow on the highway three times, each direction, when we hardly had 1cm down, 9 tons, a 9 foot heavy blade, scraping the bare asphalt, ruining the road, putting what they can scrape up onto the sidewalk, it'll freeze making that impossible to walk on, wouldn't want people to walk anyway would we? and for what? Haven't seen them since, and now we have at least 5cm down, no wonder you are in the hole.

  • Jackofalltrades
    March 29, 2014 - 17:49

    Vessey did your department take the HST into consideration when doing up the budget for the winter? Was it because there was more fueled burned or was it because it costs more to fill the vehicles up due to your government's HST?

  • eye in the sky
    March 29, 2014 - 17:09

    well take out the money paid to lomar for hauling snow away from the garage while the government trucks sat idle and workers still getting paid sitting at home and you can see why they go over budget (wasting money filling supporters pockets) as if they are not full enough .. this government cannot stop paying their supporters for work that government workers are already paid to do. we need investigative reporting here on pei to expose the corruption here on our gentle island...

  • The Observer from Stratford
    March 29, 2014 - 14:13

    @fed up: Ever worked for a government? There's no such thing as a year end surplus. Standard practice is to take back any moneys a department has left over at the end of the year (usually Mar. 31) and put it into general revenue. You start fresh with a new budget on the first day of the new year. A budget that is often reduced by the amount you didn't spend in the previous year on the assumption that you don't really need it. That's why "March Madness" happens in so many government offices. The idea is to spend up the remaining budget on anything because it is literally a case of use it or lose it.

  • Fed up
    March 29, 2014 - 09:25

    Why the big fuss when they are over budget. They must have been WAY UNDER last year, as we had very little snow. Never heard a word about it then. Instead of putting the surplus into this year, our brilliant Linerals excitedly spent it...NOW we hear the moans about then OVER budget....if we go over budget in our homes, we just have to deal with it. This bunch just blames it on someone else and begs from voters!