Mayors holding onto snow budgets

METUCHEN - Snow budgets are in the black, but many towns are in no rush to spend their savings.

Frank Gambatese, the mayor of South Brunswick, like many mayors in New Jersey, says that's a good thing. With more than 140 square miles of township to clean up, keeping plows idled means less overtime.

According to Gambatese, state law only allows towns to transfer money once a year in November to keep local leaders from spreading themselves too thin. But even if he could, he says he probably wouldn't.

Gambatese says he'd like the money to go into a surplus so he can roll it over into next year's budget. He says this year may be no cost, but next year could be triple or quadruple what this year will be.

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