What do we spend on snow plowing?

For the 2018-2019 season, we have a budget of roughly $2.1 million, which includes major, local, and MDOT roads. Plowing is funded by state Public Act 51 money, which comes from the gas and weight taxes. Local taxes do not fund snow plowing operations. Overall, our budgets have started to increase, but we face increased expenses. We deal with fuel costs, equipment costs (a dump truck cost $70,000 in 2000 and $125,000 in 2012), and salt costs.

We place two salt orders for the year. In 2018-2019, our early order (October delivery) was 500 tons at $60.43 per ton. Our seasonal order (throughout the winter) was 5,500 tons at $54.45 per ton. Total, that's nearly $330,000 for the season.

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1. Why can't you plow my street now?
2. The plow left some snow at the end of my driveway. Can you send someone to plow it out?
3. I own a business downtown. How are streets plowed in the Central Business District?
4. Can you tell me exactly when my street will be plowed?
5. Why don't the trucks plow and salt on the way to their routes?
6. Why don't you use the big trucks to plow cul-de-sacs?
7. I just cleared my sidewalk and the plow filled it in. Is there something you can do?
8. Why don't you plow down the middle of the street, to open it to traffic faster?
9. I hire someone to plow my driveway. Is there anything I should know?
10. Why do you sometimes salt instead of plow, or plow instead of salt?
11. I saw a plow parked at a restaurant during a snow storm. Why wasn't it out working?
12. Why do I sometimes see plow trucks on the streets when it's not snowing?
13. Why aren't plows on the roads in anticipation of a big storm in the forecast?
14. Salt corrodes my car, sidewalk, and driveway. Can you use sand instead?
15. I have a heart condition. Can you plow my street in case there is an emergency?
16. What are the winter parking rules?
17. What should I do if a plow hits and damages my mailbox?
18. Why haven't you cleared the city-owned sidewalk near my house?
19. Who is responsible for plowing our county and state roads?
20. What do we spend on snow plowing?