Not-so-snowy winter saves communities money

A relatively mild winter has meant shovels full of savings for local governments.

That's because they spent little of the money they budgeted for road salt and overtime to keep streets clear of snow.

Cincinnati had expected it would cost $950,000 to take care of snow and ice on its roads this winter but had spent only $480,000 by the middle of last week.

Akron spent $3.6 million last year on salt, brine and overtime, but this winter has cost only about $2 million so far.

Communities say they'll use the extra money to fill potholes and provide other services.

But they might want to wait before spending any of that cash. Forecasters look for a winter storm to hit Ohio on Tuesday.

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