Mild winter yields big savings for state and local governments

State, county and municipal road crews and public works departments couldn’t be happier as the lack of snow and ice has produced a boon of savings for their budgets.

By comparison, the winters of 2009-10 and 2010-11 dumped a total of more than 120 inches of snow on the region. The difference has translated into a potential surplus for the Burlington County Highway Department, which spent only about $240,000 this year. Last year, the department spent more than $1.1 million in responding to 11 so-called snow events in which plowing or salting of county highways was required.

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