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Budget-busting winter forces Lake Twp to turn to state

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From Toledo to Michigan, drivers are plagued by massive potholes.

"You can't avoid them even if you swerve to the side there's more," local driver Katie Wallace said.

Lake Township in Wood County isn't immune either.

Many if it's streets could use some help.

"Most of the main highways are pretty good, but once  you get off the main drags, they start to get bumpy," James Kolasinski, a local driver, said.

But there's a problem; cash for repairs is scarce.

The heavy snow and substantial overtime costs have drained the township road department's budget.

This week, trustees took some steps toward getting some help from the state of Ohio.

"The state needs to know what's going on and with small communities not having a lot of money it'd be nice to have a little bit of help," Shana Szypka, a local driver, told 13abc.

Over the years, cuts in state funding have made road and other budgets tight.

Township trustees say the Local Government Fund has been cut 30%, a loss of thousands of dollars.

The state's rainy day, or Ohio Budget Stabilization Fund, has nearly $1.5 billion dollars and the resolution calls for some of it to be released to help make those vital repairs.

"This weather has been really awful so I think, under the circumstances they should," Wallace said.

Many hope this is a once in a lifetime situation.  But what Mother Nature has damaged the township must fix.

The resolution will be sent to the governor and other state leaders for consideration.

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