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WSDOT team refuses prize money for saving taxpayers millions
Via KOMO News: A group of state workers, recognized for saving taxpayers millions of dollars, has rejected prize money for their innovative efforts.The praised workers managed to save taxpayers some $6 million by figuring out the hidden costs behind deicing salt. And the plan they put in place will save additional funds over the coming years.
“A lot of state’s paying $30 to $60 a ton when we were paying $150 a ton,” said Chris Christopher, director of maintenance operations for the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). Turns out it’s freight and not salt that drives up the cost. Contract clauses and rigid specifications limited the number of vendors competing for Washington state’s salt business
The winter warriors changed proposals, more than tripled the number of vendors bidding, and now has salt barged in from Chile or Mexico instead of railed in from Utah. The difference for taxpayers has been about $6 million over the past three years.
The state productivity board honored the WSDOT team last week, and was willing to pay each team member $10,000. But this team refused the reward.
“Really couldn’t, in good conscience, take what we felt was a very hard reward for essentially doing our jobs, what we felt was our responsibility to the public,” said Monty Mills. “It’s a lot of bucks, yes, and we had a little explaining to do at home.” The snow and ice team still divvied up a smaller reward of $1,000, but says the real reward is knowing they’re saving the rest of us taxpayers $2 million in salt costs this winter.
Kudos to these men for doing their jobs and finding ways to reduce costs to taxpayers! If only that was the mindset of every government employee, especially at the federal level.
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