NEWS file photo Snow removal costs in Qualicum Beach cost the town about an additional $150,000 this year.

Snow removal cost Town of Qualicum Beach

Financial administrator says finances appear to be on budget

Despite more than $100,000 in snow removal expenses, the town’s financial administrator says Qualicum Beach appears to be on budget for the fiscal year.

At the May 29 council meeting, John Marsh said the town’s finances as of April 30 — a third of the way through the year — are looking strong. He said the revenues and expenses are in line with last year.

“Really, the only anomaly this year is the significant snow removal expenditure that we had at the beginning of the year, which was about an additional $100,000 to $150,000 depending on how you’d determine that amount,” Marsh said.

The range in expenses, Marsh said, is that snow removal is not just snow removal, but includes additional maintenance on equipment due to wear and tear.

One of the bigger differences from last year is in transportation services, said Marsh. This includes snow removal.

As of April 30, $887,875 (37.4 per cent) had been spent on transportation services as compared to $700,290 (29.5 per cent) year-to-date to April 30, 2016.

“Most of that is due to the snow removal,” said Marsh. “That budget is a bit challenging with where we are. It seems that we are levelling out a bit as we go further in the year, but nonetheless, even if we end up going over in that area, it appears that we’re going to be under in some other areas.”

Those other areas are environment and public health, parks and recreation, and to a lesser extent, Marsh said, community development.

“What happens when we have a big snow removal like we had — or snow events… is that all of the town crews get mobilized towards the snow removal, so they get moved out of, say, the parks and recreation budget and that expenditure goes in the transportation budget.”

Of the environmental and public health budget 31.3 per cent ($632,597) of its budget has been spent. Of the parks and recreation budget, 26.7 per cent ($412,531) has been spent. Of the community development budget, 28.5 per cent ($239,261) has been spent.

Marsh also said the total other municipal purposes so far is $3,682,670 (33 per cent) which is where the town should be at this point in the year.

Just Posted

Site C dam goes ahead, cost up to $10.7 billion

Premier John Horgan approves completion of B.C.’s costliest project

Corfield Street construction starts in Parksville

Crews will avoid shopping centre disruptions during Christmas

Intersection cleared after two-car accident in downtown Parksville

Incident was at intersection of Highway 19A and Highway 4A

Parksville Qualicum Beach volunteers generate joy and memories

SOS volunteers look back on their time in the Christmas giving program

Red Scorpion associates cuffed in drug-trafficking bust

Kamloops RCMP lay charges in connection to Red Scorpion drug trafficking ring

Police continue to seek missing Qualicum Beach woman

Oceanside RCMP requesting public assistance in locating Carmel Georgina Gilmour

BC Ferries adds extra sailings for Christmas

More than 175 sailings are being added, including 130 between the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island

Emergency response ‘well executed’ in B.C. carbon monoxide poisoning

Emergency Health Services talks about how first responders dealt with this ‘mass casualty event’

Body found after fire destroys multiple homes in Cumberland

The BC Coroners Service confirmed they were called to a fatal fire… Continue reading

WestJet Christmas video turns children’s wishes into reality

This year’s annual video took a new spin on the 12 days of Christmas

Firefighters protect seaside California towns as blaze rages

A flare-up on the western edge of Southern California’s largest and most destructive wildfire sent residents fleeing Sunday

Putin declares victory on visit to air base in Syria

Declaring a victory in Syria, Putin on Monday visited a Russian military air base in the country and announced a partial pullout of Russian forces from the Mideast nation.

Most Read