By Sarah Klein
Increased snowfall and the street clearing that comes with it is contributing to an $11.2 million deficit facing the City of Winnipeg.
The deficit, expected to be eliminated by year-end, is outlined in a report published Monday detailing the over budget expenditures.
The report says numerous, heavy snow accumulations in the winter drove snow clearing expenditures over budget by $10.5 million. The main reason for the deficit is being blamed on the city receiving the largest dumping of snow in 15 years.
Salaries, benefits, overtime and lower-than-expected ambulance revenues has also put the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service over budget by $3.4 million.
Winnipeg police are also in the red, primarily due to higher-than-expected contributions to the police pension plan, and lower-than-anticipated revenue for traditional traffic enforcement.
The deficits will be managed through expenditure control and won’t impact core city services, the city said.