Heavy winter came at heavy cost

Last winter was long, snowy... and for several boroughs, expensive.

Unexpected snow removal operations put several boroughs in the red, including St-Leonard, Riviere-des-Prairies and St-Laurent.

St-Laurent ran a $1.3-million deficit last year.

Mayor Alan DeSousa says the borough had to make cuts and delay implementing several discretionary projects.

But it did have a back up plan in case money for snow removal ran short.

"We have over the years put a little bit of money aside to make sure that we have money for rather a rainy day - or a snowy day," he says. "Our snow reserve has been set aside and we'll be forced to dip into it."

He added that the emerald ash borer also ate into the borough's finances, unexpectedly costing some $200,000.

Other boroughs running deficits are Saint-Leonard ($2.2-million), Riviere-des-Prairies-Pointe-aux-Trembles ($1.7-million), Ahuntsic-Cartierville ($944,000), Villeray-St-Michel-Parc Ex ($729,000) and LaSalle ($587,000).



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