State Auditor: Save Money By Mowing Less

UPDATED: Tuesday April 30, 2013 7:12 PM

A new state audit obtained by Watchdog10 shows the Ohio Department of Transportation could save millions by cutting back on cutting the grass.  

Auditor Dave Yost's office released the performance audit on Tuesday.

The reports said ODOT could save $7.4 million dollars just by scaling back.

"They could save significant amounts of money," says Dan Cecil, Director of the Ohio Performance Team.  Cecil's team conducts performance audits for Auditor Yost.

Cecil said Ohio mows four to five times a year, more than other "peer states" that Cecil says only mow three times a year.

"We found they were mowing much more than necessary," Cecil says.

ODOT seems to see the report as opportunity.

Spokesman Steve Faulkner sent Watchdog 10 a statement by email:

"ODOT certainly appreciates the Auditor of State's recommendations and will seek to balance these cost-cutting ideas while striving to maintain the same great level of service ODOT provides to the traveling public.”

Cecil said ODOT has already accepted some of the recommendations and has started to implement them.

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