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Mild Winter May Lead to Savings for Village

Meager snowfall could save the Village money down the road.

With winter forgetting to show up this year the village could see savings as it spent less on snow removal and used less salt than expected.

Of the 5,025 tons of salt the village purchased for the season in accordance with state contracts, 3,100 tons of that salt now sit in storage, according to the village's communications director Doug Kozlowski.

The salt, which cost the village $146,000, will be used next season, reducing the village's salt purchases and potentially saving the village money. Unless winter returns in June.

Another way the village may end up saving money is on budgeted overtime commonly used on snow removal. About $186,000 was slotted in the general fund for overtime in 2012, and according to Kozlowski, roughly 45 percent of that amount has been used so far.

What savings the village may see won't be known until 2013, and it's entirely possible there won't be any savings. While the overtime is commonly used for snow removal, it's not set aside exclusively for that purpose and could end up being used at other points throughout the year. Plus, with the money being budgeted on a calendar year and not a fiscal year, there will still be a couple of cold-weather months at the end of this year to contend with, which could erase any potential gains.

R Frank April 06, 2012 at 12:31 AM
"About $186,000 was slotted in the general fund for overtime in 2012, and according to Kozlowski, roughly 45 percent of that amount has been used so far." Seriously? Three months into the calendar year and this Village has already used nearly 1/2 of the budgeted OT??? Is anyone watching this?
J. Geoff Rove April 14, 2012 at 12:08 AM
Looks like the towny road department works OT every Saturday. We see your workyard from the Metra.

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