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Brutal Winter Takes Toll on Tax Dollars

From expensive heating bills to dangerous road conditions, this brutal winter weather is taking its toll on all of us.
From expensive heating bills to dangerous road conditions, this brutal winter weather is taking its toll on all of us.

Reminding us of how brutal its been, extreme temps coupled with what seems like an endless amount of snow.  It's not only an inconvenience but also expensive and you're paying for it.

The City of Fort Wayne budgets $500-600 thousand dollars in snow removal annually.  The heavy snow storm we saw on January 5th cost the city $180,000 in salt, $100,000 in overtime, and $150,000 in private contractors.

The Indiana Department of Transportation removes snow for 17 counties in Northeast Indiana, for the same storm they spent 1.4 million dollars.  $220,000 in mn hours, $490,000 in equipment, and $680,000 in materials.

Local schools are also feeling the chill from this brutal winter.

"In January we are really getting students ready for ISTEP making sure that they've gotten to the point where they need to be before we start state testing."

With 6 days already cancelled due to weather, Krista Stockman with FWCS is concerned that students might be unprepared for next month's ISTEP exam.

"We are looking at things we can do to make sure that the kids are ready.  We will do the best we can no matter what."
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