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Contractors Question Snow Removal Reimbursement

DOVER, Del. (AP)- Some contractors who clear snow from Delaware subdivisions under a state cost-share program are questioning how much they are being paid.

Contractors are paid based on snowfall measurements taken by University of Delaware climatologists and used by DelDOT to set reimbursement rates.

State Rep. Joseph Miro said Tuesday some contractors fear the state is lowballing the measurements to save money. He noted that DelDOT measured no more than 19 inches of snow from the Feb. 5 storm, even though forecasters reported 24 inches. The reimbursement rate jumps from $630 to $865 per mile at 20 inches or more.

DOT officials said they are not fudging the numbers, and that their measurements are a good estimate of how much snow is on the roads.

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