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Toledo's million dollar polar vortex

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News of below zero temperatures and more snow will have an impact on your wallet.

Toledo's last arctic blast 3-weeks ago was very expensive costing taxpayers nearly $1 million.

According to Streets, Bridges and Harbor, the storms from January 5th to 7th cost a whopping $842,510.98.

Snow, wind, sub-zero temperatures cost Toledo nearly $1 million during January's polar vortex.

Snow, wind, sub-zero temperatures cost Toledo nearly $1 million during January's polar vortex.

Dave Welch is the commissioner at SBH.  He told 13abc reporter Bill Hormann, "This will probably be if not the one of the most expensive months we've had for snow and ice control."

The cost is in manpower and hiring private contractors.

Toledo is using trucks and crews from other departments to clear the roads and that's still not enough.

The city spent more than $77,387.50 dollars hiring private plows during that last winter blast.

But the weather is still bad and that has an impact on manpower.  According to Welch, "We can't break shift because every couple days we have to stay on to keep up with the snowfall."

And with trucks constantly running and below zero temperatures and salt and ice getting into engines and gears the costs start to add up.

And then there's the issue of how quickly the weather can affect the road conditions.  You can go from wet and passable to snow covered then icy in just half an hour.

That means spreading salt to make roads passable.

The city has used 38,000 tons of salt this month, alone; that's as much as we normally use all winter, and there's two months to go.

Dave Welch says,  "As long as the snow keeps flying, we're going to have plows out there."

And don't think that you are not paying for this; you will.

The next assessments we get in 2-years will be based on the money we're spending this winter, so expect an increase.

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