Gravenhurst Council is looking for ways to cut costs after this year’s harsh winter put the Town approximately $580,500 over budget. Staff say that in the first few months of 2014, the Town spent more on roads than they did in the 2011-2012 budget. More than $350,000 was spent on snow clearing and sanding, cleaning materials from roadways, and repairing damages to roads, culverts and municipal facilities. Nine of the Town’s thirteen buildings were also repaired after damages to roofs were caused by extreme weather. Council has approved cutbacks of $207,530 and is hoping to balance the rest of the budget by the Mid-Year Budget review.