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NYC comptroller Stringer: Removing snow costs $1.8 million per inch

January 29, 2015 Associated Press
NYC comptroller Scott Stringer, photo courtesy of Stringer's office
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A new study says the cost of removing snow in New York City is about $1.8 million per inch.

City Comptroller Scott Stringer released a report Wednesday that analyzed more than 10 years of snowstorms.

It does not include the storm that hit the city earlier this week.

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The most expensive years for removing snow were winters — like fiscal year 2011 and 2014 — in which the city received the most snow.

But the cost per inch was also high in winters without much snow because the city had certain built-in winter expenses.

Stringer said the most cost-efficient winters are ones with a moderate amount of snow.

The average snowfall during that period was 35.9 inches. And the average annual cost for snow removal was $55.3 million.

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