(Update, May 20) – The Consensus Commission has decided to hold off on making a decision regarding the economic feasibility of merging city and county governments, following an extended public comment period that produced a larger amount of information than the group expected, according to officials.
Originally, the group planned to deliver its final report by May, however, in February, Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney asked the commission to extend its public comment period until May 1.
“Because people have taken the time and energy to make those comments, we have a responsibility to review them, and to incorporate as much of that as we possibly can,” Consensus co-chair Neil Murphy said to the Post Standard.
According to Murphy, the process may now run into early summer.
(From Feb. 26): Following a request by Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney, the Consensus Commission has decided to extend its public comment period until May 1.
Initially, the commission had planned to close the comment period March 16.
The group said the extension would push the release of the final report past its previously scheduled release date of May 1; however, the commission will continue to hold public input sessions.
The next one is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 29, at 6 p.m. in the Southwest Community Center.
Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney has reportedly written a letter asking the Consensus Commission, a group which recently released a report evaluating the economic feasibility of merging city and county governments, to extend its public comment period.
“During the data gathering stage, I asked that Consensus move faster so we could get the committee recommendations out sooner. Today I write to ask that we slow down and extend the public comment period,” Mahoney stated, according to an article in Syracuse’s Post Standard.
The commission recently scheduled several public input sessions, and had initially been scheduled to accept comment from the community until March 16.
However, now, according to the group’s co-chair, M. Catherine Richardson, the commission plans to meet to consider Mahoney’s request.
According to the group, it plans to review, and consider all public comments, before issuing its final recommendations in spring 2016.
The commission plans to release its final report, along with recommendations for consolidating governments, by May 1.