That archeological dig conducted near the Puce River will end up costing Essex County taxpayers more than $1 million after all.

County council asked the province to help with the cost, but now it's been told there is no funding program in place for the project.

Warden Tom Bain is upset the county was forced to do the dig as part of its expansion of the County Road 22 bridge.

"It's disheartening in the fact that it's another case of legislation where we're told what we have to do," he said. "Certainly, we went ahead with all the archeological diggings, but when you're told what you have to do, and yet there's no financial help, I think the part that bothered us a lot was over $1 million for this dig."

Bain says the money will be included in the 2014 budget.