NYC comptroller: Removing snow costs $1.8 million per inch

Posted at 12:24 AM, Jan 29, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-30 01:29:01-05

NEW YORK (AP) — A new study says the cost of removing snow in New York City is about $1.8 million per inch.

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

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

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.