Snowplow Shortage

The Avon Town Council cut its budget for 2003 by 18 percent or
almost two (m) million.

The decline in tourism and sales tax collections prompted the
cuts, which forced the Public Works department to hire fewer
snowplow drivers and left it with less money to pay overtime.

Busier, primary roads will be plowed first during heavy
snowstorms. Those streets also will be plowed more often than side
streets and cul-de-sacs.

The streets are not the only place that may be strained by
Avon's sluggish finances. Town workers will also spend less time
maintaining the ice on the public skating rink.

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