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Waukesha County fighting snow with new $4 million facility

Posted at 6:03 AM, Nov 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-21 08:39:19-05

WAUKESHA -- A $4 million salt storage facility is being built in Waukesha County right now. The goal is to save taxpayer dollars.

Leaders with Waukesha County Department of Public Works say taxpayers in Waukesha County can expect to pay about 8 percent more for salt this year.

"Last year's prices were about $68 a ton and this year were in a $74 a ton," said Bob Rauchele.

As demand rises in the thick of winter, those prices can double.

The new storage structure will hold salt reserves for the entire state. 10 percent of it, or 3,000 tons, will be allotted to Waukesha County.

The hope is for it to be fully built by next month.

Waukesha County paid 10 percent of the $4 million facility. The rest was covered by the state.