Local governments save big with less snow to plow

A very mild winter and less-than-normal snowfall has allowed big savings for some local and county governments in West Michigan.
AP Wire
Apr 21, 2012

The Holland Sentinel reported Friday that Holland saved $150,000 while the Ottawa County Road Commission saved more than $1 million.

Holland Finance Director Tim Vagle said the city's primary savings came with using less salt and paying less in overtime.

The city budgeted more than $706,000, but spent about $389,000 on snow and ice control. Funds also were spent on drain, ditch and other projects typically taken care of during warmer months.

Ottawa County budgeted $2.6 million to keep roads ice and snow free. Only $1.5 million was spent. Some of the county's savings will go toward culvert replacements and other road improvement projects.
 

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