Stimulus money trickles into Saratoga County

The fact that projects must be "shovel ready" can be a limiting factor.

"These are projects that could be done or are ready to go within this current year," said Arthur Johnson, chairman of the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors. "That's the initial focus, to get construction people to work."

On Tuesday, April 28, it was announced that the Capital District Transportation Authority would receive $245,000 in ARRA money to build a new bus garage in Saratoga Springs.

Infrastructure does not only constitute roads and bridges, though.

The Saratoga County Water Authority, an entity independent from county government, is also requesting $20 million to extend the end of the soon-to-be-completed county waterline from Malta to Halfmoon, Stillwater and Waterford. Those communities have expressed interest in county water as a safe source while the Environmental Protection Agency dredged the Hudson River for PCBs.

There is a separate tab for clean drinking water-related infrastructure projects in New York totaling $85 million.

Town of Ballston Supervisor Patti Southworth said Ballston has applied to the state for help with removing 21-year-old underground fuel storage tanks on town property and for funds to give a needed new coat of paint to a water tower (a $300,000 to $400,000 project). Money for those projects just isn't in the town's coffers.

Saratoga Springs has already put in a separate request for $1 million from the Office for Technology "to create a more sophisticated and up-to-date public safety communication system," said Supervisor Joanne Yepsen, and also to extend broadband Internet access to not-for-profit entities and under-serviced areas of the city.

One important area where Saratoga County is already receiving relief won't result in repaved roads of new bridges, but will instead cut down on the county's biggest expenditures: Medicaid. Adjustments to the Federal Medical Assistance Percentages means up to $8 million the county won't have to pay over the next two years.

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