Higher salt prices pinch some Ohio local budgets

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Higher salt prices are expected to put a strain on the budgets of some local governments in Ohio as they try to replenish salt supplies for the coming winter.

State officials say salt prices for the Ohio Department of Transportation's summer stock-up are nearly double what the state paid in some counties last year and are climbing higher for winter refills.

Department spokesman Steve Faulkner says the state budget will be able to handle the prices. But The Columbus Dispatch reports that counties, cities and townships that didn't buy enough this summer might have to pull money from other parts of their budgets.

The executive director of the County Engineers Association of Ohio says higher costs will affect future road and bridge projects in some counties.

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