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Idaho Falls Public Works Director Chris Fredericksen is proposing creating a special fund where, in years the city spends less than the $525,000, that money would be saved. When the fund gets to $1 million, any unspent snow removal money would be returned to the city’s general fund rather than socked away.

Idaho Falls officials are thinking about stashing away some money for a snowy day.

Every year for the past 10 years, the city has budgeted $525,000 to hire contractors to help with snow removal, Public Works Director Chris Fredericksen told the City Council on Monday afternoon. However, the actual cost has fluctuated greatly, from nothing in 2012 to $918,000 in 2017, a year when Idaho experienced a particularly harsh and snowy winter.

Fredericksen is proposing creating a special fund where, in years the city spends less than the $525,000, that money would be saved. When the fund gets to $1 million, any unspent snow removal money would be returned to the city’s general fund rather than socked away. If the city had such a fund in 2017, he said, “we would have been able to fund that a lot easier, had that been in place.”

Fredericksen said he hopes the Council will vote on the idea at its regular meeting in late September. Council members seemed supportive of the concept on Monday.

“Great idea,” said Councilman Jim Freeman.

“Makes a lot of sense,” said Councilwoman Shelly Smede.

Reporter Nathan Brown can be reached at 208-542-6757. Follow him on Twitter: @NateBrownNews.

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