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Higher prices for road salt mean at least one central Illinois county will try to make do with a smaller supply.

According to reports, Champaign County Engineer Jeff Blue says they ordered 2,300 tons of road salt this year. He adds that's about two-thirds of a normal order. The price - $108 a ton - is double what the county paid last year, Blue said.

He says as of right now, that's all they budgeted for and is worried because of predictions of a wet, cold winter.

Last winter's record frigid temperatures and snowfall depleted supplies of road salt, leaving many Illinois communities scrambling.

He says it's going to be tough on our budget there is another difficult winter.

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