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Connecticut towns struggle to pay for snow cleanup

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After Tuesday's snowfall, many towns across the state are trying to figure how they're going to pay for this winter.

Officials in Enfield told Eyewitness News they're already over budget for snow clean up this year, and now they'll have to pull money from other areas.

"We generally budget for 8-10 large storms and this year we received a few more than what we budgeted for," said Enfield Town Manager Matthew Coppler.

Between the use of private contractors and overtime, Blizzard Charlotte alone cost Enfield about $300,000, which is more than half of it's original budget.

"There's not much you can do about it you know," said George Evans of Enfield. "But they're going to have to cut somewhere. They're going to have to save something."

Coppler told Eyewitness News that they're hoping a credit from FEMA Will help pay for some of Blizzard Charlotte, but that wouldn't cover it all.

Coppler said he has ways to make up the money used for storm cleanup.

"Well, we have that money budgeted in other areas so we'll have to move it around," Coppler said. "And it could mean that certain things might not get done for the remainder of the year."

However, Coppler told Eyewitness News that it's too early to tell if they will have to tap into their contingency fund to fill in the rest of the budget.

Town officials said if the money from FEMA comes through, they're looking at getting about $100,000 back for the federal government.

But the town will not receive the federal funding until August and by then, officials said they'll be on next year's budget.

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