During the budget process, this proposal was vetted from every angle. The Republican caucus came to the conclusion that the proposed savings were unsubstantiated. As a compromise, two positions were funded and funds were set aside in a contingency account. It was our hope that after six months of starting the consolidation, savings would be realized.
However, the Onondaga County purchasing department chose not to hire the two employees and has not begun the work to move towards a consolidated effort. Therefore, we are at the same impasse we were at nine months ago. There is no proof that there are savings with a consolidated purchasing department. It was clear that the city of Syracuse would immediately see salary savings as well as savings from not having to maintain a purchasing department or inventory.
Consolidation is only successful when every party involved benefits to no one's detriment. I would entertain any and all future attempts to consolidate or share services amongst municipalities; however, the purchasing consolidation is not a good program for the county as it has been proposed.
Kevin Holmquist represents the 10th district which includes the town of Manlius. Kevin welcomes constituent feedback; he can be reached at 637-8364.