Onondaga County Legislature Chairman Ryan McMahon said there is no possibility a public referendum regarding the merging city and county governments will be held this year, since the Consensus Commission’s final report on the matter won’t be released in May, as it had originally been scheduled.
The commission decided to hold off on making a decision regarding the economic feasibility of the plan earlier this week, after an extended public comment period produced a larger amount of information than the group initially expected.
As a result, McMahon said there won’t be enough time to prepare a referendum.
“The legislature is not going to vote on anything to go to a referendum where we don’t understand what the end product would look like,” McMahon stated, in an article in the Post Standard. “There is not a strong probability that any recommendation in regard to a new form of government would move this year.”
According to commission co-chair Neil Murphy, the group’s final report will not likely be available until sometime this summer.
And, the legislature would need time to study the report once they received it, McMahon stated.
“I’ve never believed the legislature should vote for something not knowing what you’re truly voting on,” he said.