“You can never predict Mother Nature,” Stovall said. “So we are well stocked on the salt and were prepared.”
Stovall also said chemical use was also down this year compared to previous years.
The city also saved money on worker overtime payments, Stovall said. This winter, the city spent about $84,000 in overtime payments compared to last year when they spent more than $200,000, Stovall said.
Typically that money would go back into the public works fund and could be used for summer work activities like cutting grass and maintenance, Stovall said. However, with the outbreak of COVID-19, the money could be used elsewhere.
Montgomery County Engineer Paul Gruner said the county saved upwards of $200,000 on salt this winter. He said they used about 5,500 tons and still have about 9,000 tons left over that they can save for next winter.
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Gruner said his office is in a difficult place right now as it relies on fuel tax, auto registration fees for funding. And with the coronavirus outbreak, the future revenue is unclear as people are being told to stay in their homes.
Because consumption may be down, the savings from the winter might help offset the losses and help the office get through with a tight budget in the coming months, he said.
Also, the state has spent nearly $38 million less this winter than last, the Ohio Department of Transportation said.