Petersham allows deficit spending in snow and ice account 

  • Petersham Highway Superintendent Greg Waid at the Petersham Selectmen's meeting Tuesday night. ATHOL DAILY NEWS/Deborrah Porter

Staff Writer
Thursday, February 15, 2018

PETERSHAM — Either wishful thinking, or tempting fate, highway superintendent Greg Waid said, “It looks like a mild few weeks coming,” after announcing to selectmen that the Snow and Ice Account spending is “right on track.”

As of Feb. 10, $8,200 remained of the $55,000 budgeted for Fiscal Year 2018, which ends June 30, with bills of roughly $11,000 to be submitted. No money was spent from the budget until late December 2017.

As is required by Mass. General Law 44 31d, the Advisory Finance Committee and Selectboard jointly voted to allow the department to spend in excess of the 2018 budget. Waid commented that the remainder of February looks “mild.”

Selectboard Chairman Nancy Allen said, “We don’t know what Mother Nature is going to do. I will ask you, Greg, to do your best as you always do, to continue to be extremely mindful of the budget.”

It was noted that it is very rare to end the year with a surplus, and allowing deficit spending is common practice. The last time anyone could remember a surplus was a light winter a few years ago.

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