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Rough winter means $27 million in additional payments to DOT

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The Wisconsin legislature's Join Finance Committee on Tuesday approved an additional $27.4 million payment to the state Department of Transportation to help county governments cover higher-than-expected winter road maintenance costs and salt purchases.

The state reimburses counties for taking care of state roads, but counties spent more than expected on plowing and melting ice this past winter. Some county highway commissioners say they've already spent their entire winter maintenance budget for this year.

Meanwhile, the state was forced to purchase 150,000 extra tons of salt.

The Joint Finance Committee on Tuesday unanimously approved giving DOT $16 million to cover county maintenance and another $11.4 million to cover the salt.

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