The Greater Rochester International Airport upgrades are going to costing much more than anticipated.
In a meeting Tuesday night, Monroe County legislators unanimously approved an additional $25 million for the project.
Monroe County spokesman Jesse Sleezer says a significant portion of that money will go toward the airport canopy and increased security measures. He also says that taxpayer dollars will not be used towards the project.
On Wednesday, Sleezer released the following statement on the changes:
This is a first-of-its-kind collaborative effort between the County and our state and federal governments to deliver a modern airport for Rochester that will attract jobs and protect public safety. Due to the unique nature of the partnership, the process has been fluid and involved several modifications, including the addition of state-of-the-art security features to the proposed airport canopy. We believe the increased authorization, passed unanimously by the Legislature, remains consistent with the spirit of the project as initially proposed. There will continue to be zero local taxpayer dollars invested in the project. Monroe County looks forward to continuing to work closely with the Governor and all project stakeholders to build a modern, safe airport that helps us compete for jobs in today’s global economy.
The total cost of the project is now $79 million.