Taxpayers will have some relief when it comes to preparing for the upcoming winter â?? a decrease in road salt prices.
Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and local governments will pay a statewide average of about $35 per ton of road salt. Two years ago, the statewide price averaged at $54.
This year, state and locate governments estimate buying 1.18 million tons of salt. That means about $20 million savings if they purchased salt at prices listed two years ago.
Lucas County, Ottawa County, Wood County, and Fulton County are reporting about $32 per ton of salt.
â??We decided early in this administration to complete a top to bottom review of how ODOT operates and identify ways we could save money,â?? said ODOT Director Jerry Wray.
Wray refers to the changes made last year that allowed salt companies bid on entire districts and individual counties. Previous years, salt companies would have the lowest bidding option for all 88 counties. Wray claims this explains the decrease in road sale prices.
â??This is one result of that review and itâ??s helping ODOT curb costs, continue to provide a substantial service to the public and put more resources into filling budget holes that are keeping us from building some of the major transportation,â?? Wray said.
A map that shows your countyâ??s salt prices per ton.