The change will save Saratoga $8 million over two years, but the stimulus will expire then.
"It is solely a short-term fix," said Wickerham.
Money from the federal stimulus package will provide a boost to local economies statewide, but there's no telling when it will arrive, as the state still has to review possible projects and hand out the funds. The money is mostly to go to infrastructure improvements, and Johnson reminded Chamber members that there are plenty of developments on the horizon for Saratoga.
A newly formed committee exploring ways to employ green technology met for the first time Thursday evening. Another new group is investigating using county forestlands for a trail system. $750,000 is set aside to help preserve farmlands and open space.
Firefighters around the county will be needing new tools and training, groundbreaking on a new animal shelter is just around the corner and, of course, work to build a $4.2 billion microchip manufacturing plant is poised to begin at the Luther Forest Technology Campus in Malta.
Significant investment has already gone into priming Saratoga for the GlobalFoundries facility, including the construction of a $67 million waterline from Moreau to LFTC by the Saratoga County Water Authority.
"This waterline is one example of the commitment to infrastructure growth needed to support the development of our county," said Johnson. "AMD would not be here if the county did not stand up and build the water system."