TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - At this time last year Springfield Township had 200 tons of salt left over from the winter. This year they have 800 tons.
Springfield is not alone. Maumee also has 800 tons of salt left over from the winter. The city of Toledo has a major surplus of over 32,000 tons.
Last winter, Springfield used 19,000 tons on the roads. This winter they only used around 800 tons. Communities including Springfield and Sylvania have made an effort to use less salt on the roads. Mike Hampton, the Springfield Township Director of Public Service, says that has helped them save money on salt.
"Well it helps us tremendously because of the surplus we have. We do not have bid for an extreme amount of salt for next year so we are going to have some savings for next year depending on how the bids come back,” said Hampton.
This winter the township paid $105.25 per ton for salt, compared to only $32 the winter before. Hampton says he hopes the salt surplus will drive salt prices back down.
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