If the mild weather continues, West Chester Township figures to save thousands of dollars that could be used towards road maintenance, core competencies or for eliminating future tax increases.
According, to West Chester spokeswoman Barbara Wilson, “our domes are full.”
“West Chester contracts for road salt at the beginning of each winter season and actually purchases the salt as needed throughout the season,” Wilson said. “It is our practice to keep the salt domes full and hold over any unused salt for use the next season.”
While it is not known how much the township has spent this winter on snow removal, two winters ago it spent more than $500,000. Last winter, the township spent $338,150.
“If we have a mild winter, such that the township does not spend as much as usual from its roads fund on snow plowing, the monies saved would not be moved to another fund,” West Chester Township Trustee Catherine Stoker said. “They would be expended as needed on other township road maintenance needs in the coming months.”
Furthermore, if the mild winter continues, the township will likely save money on energy costs. Those savings would remain in the same fund for future utility expenses, according to Stoker.