By Jon Meoli, email@example.com
12:31 PM EST, November 7, 2012
Baltimore County government announced Wednesday that storm-related public works costs are now available for residents to view online after each storm.
"The public is often interested in how much it costs county government's Department of Public Works each time there is a significant storm," said County Executive Kevin Kamenetz in a statement. "Posting this information online is just one more way to make government transparent."
The data, which can be found here, dates back to fiscal year 2001.
According to those records, the worse year for county storms since 2001 was fiscal year 2010, when the county spent $20.8 million to cope with 10 storms. Although not all storm-related costs are due to snowfall, that particular year saw a grand total of 84 inches of snow.
The runner-up was fiscal year 2011, which recorded a dozen storms bring 23 inches of snow, costing $11.5 million, according to the county figures.
Regarding the costs for the current fiscal year, which began on July 1, the county reported one major storm, costing $230,486 — so far.
The breakdown shows that, on average, the county spends about $6.65 million each year on storm preparations and cleanup.
Kamenetz said the data will be updated after each significant storm event.