Franklin County has contributed about $1.5 million toward pre-planning, design and early phases of the project, and former Gov. David Paterson pledged $2.5 million in state funds toward it.
Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury) secured another $2 million, and the company is kicking in the rest.
But it will recoup that investment with a surcharge it requested through the State Public Service Commission, which issued the original pipeline permits.
A year ago, construction costs surpassed the expected price by $9 million, and the company received permission to pass that cost onto system users across the seven-year development period.
Ward said the company will now have to extend collection of the surcharge beyond its original time frame but did not say for how much longer.
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