Winter brings high costs and profits

6:39 PM, Jan 20, 2011   |    comments
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ORONO, Maine (NEWS CENTER)--The cost of clearing roads in Maine is adding up.  A study by the University of Maine found that state and local governments spend about 100 million dollars a year on snow removal.

Experts say the expense of snow removal in Maine is similar to that of other northern states in the country.  The cost per city is split between state and local governments.

University of Maine economics professor Steve Reilling says the snow has a hidden upside.  The economic impact is close to 350 million dollars a year across the state.

The number of nonresident snowmobile registrations in Maine has almost tripled in the last 15 years. 

Heavy snowfall can make winter both expensive and profitable at the same time.


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