Some towns brace for higher road salt costs

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Some upstate New York towns are bracing for higher road salt prices this winter.
WGRZ-TV in Buffalo reports that nearly 50 cities, towns and villages pool together in Erie County to buy road salt to keep costs low. Still, the price of salt increased $20 a ton to $56.
One industry official cites the rising cost of overtime and equipment and says some suppliers are facing production shortfalls.
Erie County’s Department of Public Works says it spent $400,000 from its budget on road salt.
Buffalo Public Works Commissioner Steve Stepniak says the city won’t know how much it will spend until it uses its leftover supply of road salt from last year.
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Information from: WGRZ-TV, http://www.wgrz.com