The county anticipates saving up to $4 million by establishing its new 911 dispatch center at the former Clarksville Elementary School.
The Albany County Legislature sent the resolution supporting $9 million in bonds to its audit and finance committee last month after Sheriff Craig Apple requested a change in plan. The new dispatch center was to be housed near the county-owned nursing home in Colonie.
Virus-related shutdowns have impacted municipal governments dependent on taxes collected from retail sales to theatre ticket sales. Local governments are slammed, too, by state aid reduced by what The New York State Association of Counties estimates to be a $62 billion, four-year shortfall.
In an effort to save money, Apple submitted a request in July to change plans to build an estimated $13 million dispatch center in Colonie and move it to Clarksville.