Onondaga County 9-1-1 is now receiving all police, fire and emergency medical service calls previously handled by the Skaneateles Dispatch Center. Anyone who dials the Skaneateles seven digit numbers for an emergency will now be connected to the Onondaga County 9-1-1 center for assistance.
"We are happy to be working with the Town and Village of Skaneateles as they look for opportunities to reduce the tax burden on their residents, said County Executive Joanie Mahoney. "In these tough economic times all 19 towns and 15 villages in Onondaga County must continue to look for ways to become more efficient and ensure every taxpayer dollar is spent wisely.
As of Monday Aug. 23, Skaneateles residents using the old seven digit numbers to report an emergency will no longer be routed to the Skaneateles Call Center, instead they will be connected with Onondaga County 9-1-1. Although the seven digit numbers will remain active, residents of Skaneateles are encouraged to begin calling 9-1-1 to report any emergency.
The town and village of Skaneateles paid $340,000 yearly for their dispatch center, on top of the $750,000 cost of the 9-1-1 center.