• CSEA_Help Wanted_Labor Relations
  • 5 for CNY - Learn How
  • Syracuse Stage Murder on the Orient Express
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • Urban CNY-Survey 2.0 LinkedIn-530 x 75 px
  • Malmgren Concert Black History Month
  • Land Bank - Restoring Properties

Celebrating Urban Life Since 1989

Menu Hamburger White
  • Urban CNY-Survey 2.0 LinkedIn-530 x 75 px
  • CSEA_Help Wanted_Labor Relations
  • Land Bank - Restoring Properties
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • Syracuse Stage Murder on the Orient Express
  • 5 for CNY - Learn How
  • Malmgren Concert Black History Month

“A Call To Action” Message from CenterState CEO: Input Sought on Consensus Preliminary Recommendations for Government Modernization

Dear CenterState CEO Member:

We’ve seen the reports; economic growth in the Syracuse-Onondaga community lags the state and the nation. At the same time, Onondaga County’s current government structure contributes to one of the highest local tax rates in the country. The price tag for one county, one city, 15 villages, 19 towns, 57 fire departments, hundreds of special service districts, and dozens of unfunded state and federal mandates is a staggering $1.7 billion a year.  At the current rate of spending, 20 out of 35 of our towns and villages will be in a deficit over the next decade. A system where the size of government and its cost to taxpayers keeps growing while the tax base shrinks is simply unsustainable.

We can and must do better. Today, Consensus, the commission on local government modernization, released its Options Report & Preliminary Committee Recommendations to the community. After 18 months of research and community input, this report presents more than 50 recommendations that impact every level of service delivery and governance in our county. Taken together, these recommendations offer a promise of modern, efficient and more effective service delivery that stands to have meaningful impact on businesses and residents in our region, and our ability to compete in the global economy. I want to extend my deep appreciation to the Consensus commission for their tremendous work leading to these findings and recommendations that will enable this community to chart a new path forward.

Modernizing government is really about improving economic competitiveness. Lessons learned from Nashville, Indianapolis, Louisville and Jacksonville show a clear pattern – communities that have proactively tackled this issue experience measurable improvements in their economic performance. Instead of competing with one another, our local governments can and must work collaboratively towards economic outcomes that are in the best interest of our community and region.

All change is hard. But this change is particularly hard because an honest evaluation forces us to confront issues of economic performance, political power, racial disparities and other topics which are often hard to discuss, let alone address. For these reasons, Consensus is committed to ensuring that the dialogue about government modernization, and any potential solutions it offers, be inclusive and representative.

Over the next six weeks Consensus will host a series of public meetings to present its findings and solicit comments.  Now is the time to make your voice heard.  Visit www.consensuscomment.com, www.facebook.com/consensuscny, or email info@concensuscny.com to share your feedback. Based on public input, the Commission plans to publish a final recommendations report by the end of April.

To be clear, this report is not the final word; rather, it’s a starting point for further community dialogue. Every one of us has a stake in the outcome of this effort. I urge you to share your thoughts, host an information meeting, and work with us improve governance and promote economic growth in Onondaga County.

Sincerely,

Robert M. Simpson
President & CEO

Census us_summary cover
“Click” on image to enlarge

 

More Ways to Engage

Attend a Meeting
Consensus is hosting public meetings throughout the community to present its findings and field public input. A list of meetings is available at www.consensuscomment.com. Consensus members also welcome requests to speak and deliver presentations to community groups across the county to raise awareness about its work and gather input. To request a Consensus presentation for your group, please contact info@consensuscny.com.

 

Read the Summary and Full Report, then share your feedback. The comment site and report are also available in Spanish.

                   

 

 

 

           Submit a Comment

Share feedback during the January 26 – March 16 public comment period.

Website: www.consensuscomment.com
Social Media: www.facebook.com/consensuscny
Email: info@consensuscny.com
Phone: 315-470-1980 leave a comment via voicemail

 

SHARE THIS ARTICLE

Local, State & National


Resources

Neighborhoods

Features

Contact Us