If the Ohio Department of Transportation (O-DOT) paid 2011 road salt prices this winter- taxpayers would be footing the bill for and extra 20-million dollars in cost.

Instead- ODOT and hundreds of other local governments will pay a statewide average of around 35-dollars per ton of road salt this winter- compared to the statewide average of 54-dollars per ton two years ago.

This year- state- and local governments estimate purchasing around 1-point-3 tons of salt- with the difference from 20-11 prices being 20-point-3 million dollars in savings this winter.