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Lawmakers looking to direct budget surplus to planning for Micron

Government officials sit at desks with name plates in a public meeting room.
Scott Willis
Members of the Onondaga County Legislature participate in a public meeting.

Onondaga County lawmakers are considering using $1 million in surplus budget funds to provide planning services and possibly funding to towns and villages in preparation for growth generated by Micron.

The Syracuse-Onondaga County Planning Agency would help develop comprehensive plans and zoning updates to meet the needs of local communities.

The Micron plant, expected to open as early as 2025, is projected to bring jobs and unprecedented economic growth to the Syracuse area.

SOPCA officials say these plans will allow for more accurate estimates of future infrastructure demands to accommodate the new growth.

Lawmakers meet at 1 p.m.