Storms Could Put Some Towns in the Red 

Heavy snow is spreading across Maine, closing schools, businesses and state government and making for tough going for motorists during and after the morning commute. Road crews have had plows out in full force trying to keep up with the storm that’s expected to dump accumulations of between 6 and 12 inches in most areas. This is the eighteenth storm of the season. Last year at this time there had been twenty-four snowstorms.The cities of Waterville and Augusta have public works budgets of $850,000 in winter funds, most of which has already been spent on storm clean-up, equipment repairs, salt, and sand. While there isn’t a salt shortage like last year, Waterville public works director, Mark Turner says money may be the problem this year. He says, one or two more storms could put them in the red. If the budget is used up Turner says, the money will have to be found in other areas where there is a surplus. If a surplus isn’t found, parks and recreation, solid waste, and recycling programs could be cut to find the needed funds.