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Road commissioners getting a budget break after warm December

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TUSCOLA COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

We haven't seen much winter weather this season. And Mike Tuckey said, like other road commission personnel, budgets are getting a big break.

"We're definitely ahead of schedule this year," Tuckey said.

The unseasonably warm start to December means cost savings, particularly staff overtime when it comes to the lack of snow removal.

"That's one of our biggest expenses because you just don't know when the storm is going to hit and we've got obligations obviously to keep the roads open," Tuckey said.

Tuckey said the money isn't being spent on those traditional winter time tasks, he does say this money is being used.

"In years where we have a lot of snow and we're busy snow plowing some maintenance takes a back seat for a little while. And we're able now to catch up with that whether it be potholes, or trimming trees, stuff of that nature," Tuckey said.

Tuckey said whatever money is saved over winter will be used for other projects throughout the year.

For now, he's confident some, if not all of the 4,000 tons of salt and sand will be used this season. But if it's not it will be a head start for next year.

"I think if you asked anybody here I think if it stayed just like this all winter they'd be fine with that. But we know that's probably not realistic. It's going to come sooner or later," Tuckey said.

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