Ohio cities saving thousands due to bump in salt supply

VANDALIA, Ohio (WDTN) — City officials across the Miami Valley will be spending less for much needed salt this winter.

Last year, many cities experienced a salt shortage, as supply went down and prices skyrocketed; however, this year, Rich Hopkins — Communications Manager for the City of Vandalia — says they’re saving nearly $50 a ton.

He says the city has 1,000 tons of salt for the winter.

“This year we’re paying a little less than $68 a ton,” Hopkins tells 2 NEWS.

He says it’s a turnaround from the $114 per ton price-tag cities paid last year. Many cities were locked in to that price due to being a part of a cooperative bidding group.

With this year’s price, Vandalia will spend nearly $50,000 less than they did last year for snow removal. The City of Springboro will save $165,000 due to their being no salt shortage.

Hopkins says the prices are volatile, but the money they’re saving means your tax dollars are being stretched further.

“It just stays in the general fund, and that does allow us to do things in other parts of the city as needs arise,” he said.

Another way they’re making your tax dollars go further — they’re sticking to the salt/sand combination we saw during last year’s salt shortage.

“It’s every bit as effective as just the road salt itself. So we have plans to continue doing it for the foreseeable future.”

Even if that future–for the time being–doesn’t involve snow.

“You never know until it gets here. All we can do is sit and wait, cross our fingers, and hope for the best.”

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