The cost of doing business

The backup plan would be to form a pseudo homeowner's association among the tenants of the LFTC, splitting up the maintenance costs in that way.

But the most expensive step that brought AMD to Malta is the construction of the Saratoga County Waterline. The $67 million project is scheduled to be up and running by fall of 2009, and the Foundry factory will be its biggest customer.

According to John Lawler, chair of the Water Authority, AMD will be demanding 3 million gallons of water daily when the chip fab goes online, with a future demand reaching 12 million gallons should the facility expand.

Lawler said the cost of the waterline will eventually be recuperated by the selling of county water, which is to start at $2.05 per 1,000 gallons.

"This has been a hotly debated issue, but the announcement from AMD put to rest the fear that the taxpayers in Saratoga County would have to pay for this water system," said Lawler.""

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