Peoria could save big on mild winter

By WEEK Producer

March 30, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 4:29 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- A report released today shows the mild winter season could save the City of Peoria more than $180,000 this year.

In 2012, the city only expects to spend $375,000 of its $562,000 road salt budget.

In addition to those savings, the city is sitting on more than 5000 tons of unused salt which allows them to reduce the amount requested for the following winter. Those savings will be reflected in the 2013 budget.

The lack of snow also meant less need for outside contractors. However, the final impact on the 2012 budget will not be determined until we see what November and December hold for central Illinois.

In 2006, the city used almost 5000 tons of salt and spent more than $200,000 on contractor assistance in just five days following a December 1st snow storm.

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