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Taxpayers benefit from lack of snowfall

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By KMOV Web Producer By KMOV Web Producer

ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- Snowfall has greatly decreased this December compared to 2010, and taxpayers may benefit from the decrease.

Last December, the city used more than 2,400 tons of salt compared to just 50 tons thus far this month.  In the light snowfall last night, nearly $10,000 was spent in terms of fuel, manpower and equipment wear and tear.  Last year, $125,000 had already been spent by this time.

In talks with the city and county streets departments, money continues to be saved.  Every snow-free day means more money the departments may use to fix up neighborhood streets.

In addition, the less snow allows for more salt trucks throughout city neighborhoods that typically do not see them.

In Saint Louis Country the budget for snow maintenance is $30 million.  Any leftover money can roll over to next year’s operating budget, and can also be used on additional street maintenance.   

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