Pothole problems, city expects budget issues

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN)- Coming out of winter, the city has more potholes than previous years, but there might not be enough money in the budget to fix all of them.

“I’ve driven them myself, and I can tell you they’re a bit bumpy,” said Fred Stovall, the Director of Public Works for the city of Dayton.

He said nine crews were out on the roads today. Those patch-ups, however, are only temporary.

Stovall said he expects to receive the supply of hot asphalt to make permanent repairs in mid April.

More potholes to fix means more money, and according to Stovall there are more potholes in the city this year than he’s seen in the last thirteen years.

Because of the increase in number, Stovall admitted he’s facing some budget issues.

“We have a certain amount of dollars that we budget just to do potholes– I’m going to exceed that. I know that’s going to happen,” Stovall said.

2 NEWS wanted to find out what the city plans to do, knowing the money will run out.

Stoval said, “I’m going to have to find other areas in my budget that I’m going to have to pull money from to buy more asphalt.”

He didn’t give a dollar amount, but he said if he doesn’t have the money in his budget he would go to the city manager to ask for a budget adjustment.

“One way or the other, yeah we’re going to come up with the money to fix the potholes,” said Stovall.

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