Inflation hits everyone differently -- for some it's the price of gas, others have a family of five and that means much more for groceries, gas, school clothes, etc.  It impacts how much our city, township and county governments pay for things, too.

How much does Genesee County spend to salt the roads?

Just how much will Genesee County Road Commisssion spend on salt this year?  GCRC Communications Coordinator, Kylie Dontje, told me they've budgeted salt for the county's purposes at $1,515,000.00 for 2022.  Inflation impacts tons of salt differently than table salt, but it still adds up.  Last year it was $61.86...this year $62.08 per 2,000lbs or 1 TON of salt.  So, we're not exactly talking about the amount on the rim of your favorite margarita glass!

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That total might seem like a drop in Mott Lake compared to the combined Maintenance and Road Projects budget lines which add up to $100,790,980 for 2022.  Of course, that number includes road construction projects, too.  Remember, Genesee County, Flint, Davison, Flushing, Fenton, Grand Blanc and every other city & township in the county also pay for their own salt.  As residents -- our paid taxes pay for a LOT of winter.

It isn't just salt, of course.  Each of the aforementioned municipalities pay wages, including overtime in awful snowstorms and vehicle maintenance, too!

Next time you hear anyone complain about the price of gas, groceries, government taxes, etc... consider whether you'd like to have salted, passable roads or shovel your way to each destination!  Inflation will calm, eventually -- but this is one area I'm glad the county hasn't cut in the budget line.  Otherwise, we'd be stuck in igloos... I mean our cars on I-69, I-75, US-23 and I-475 for most of the winter!

PS -- They're hiring, too.  In case you know anyone looking for quality work.  Go here.

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Sadly, the Mid-Michigan area is reputed to be a dangerous place to live. Thanks to Crime Stoppers, we've compiled a list of 15 homicide victims whose lives were tragically taken long before their time.

Their murders have gone unsolved for more than 25 years.

Inside the Spectacular $18M Walloon Lake Retreat in Petoskey

Consider it all Pure Michigan is the form of a home. This spectacular home situated on the iconic Walloon Lake is currently on the market for $18M making it the most expensive home for sale in the state. Although it shares those bragging rights with a rustic Alpena lodge, there is nothing rustic about this 14,000+ square foot home.

From the massive master suite with a drool-worthy closet to the lower level entertainment area with indoor golf, gym, gaming area, and bunk room/ theater room, the home has everything you can dream of. There is even a guest suite with its own kitchen area and private entrance. The outside is just as mesmerizing with a lakeside gazebo, manicured grounds, and a boat house for 2 nautical toys. Round it all out with a garage with space for 4 cars with its automatic lift and heated driveway.

Take a look inside!

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