MOSA Closure Upends Political Talking Points

Amsterdam, NY (August 19, 2013) — Local political leaders and pundits, stung by the policy implications of the MOSA closure to their efforts at further consolidation, feverishly worked this weekend to mitigate the damage.
A senior political aide remarked, “What we don’t want is the public associating consolidation with MOSA even though consolidation formed the basis for the creation of MOSA. We know MOSA achieved none of the savings from consolidation and actually increased costs to taxpayers versus less consolidated solutions. If the public starts to challenge the soundness of consolidation, we will all be scrambling for another panacea as we have no substantive alternative. It’s dire for our political leaders to lose this talking point and panacea.”
Local consolidationists also tried to distance MOSA from other consolidation efforts, “Let’s set the record straight: MOSA was not consolidation. MOSA was the combining of three public entities for the purposes of achieving economies of scale through shared operations, interests and governance in combined entity versus three. That certainly is nowhere near what consolidation actually is. Indeed, if MOSA were a consolidation effort, it would be a viable entity for the future and would have returned savings economies of scale to taxpayers. Since it did not, it therefore is not consolidation.”
Meanwhile editors and columnists across the three county MOSA region were busy with global search and replace through various columns and op-eds touting MOSA as a case in how consolidation makes sound policy, always and everywhere, regardless of the issue. For print publications, the weekend was dire leaving many columnists tired, exhausted and Sharpie-stained from redacting old columns on MOSA.

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3 Responses

  1. diane says:

    Sorry, but I feel that in the past 4-5 years since the change in leadership on the MOSA Board took effect, they have been moving forward the way they were designed to operate. Those middle years cost everyone greatly, but the hauler and the person responsible for that crap contract costing everyone thousands of dollars. Too bad that Oswego County had to pull out since things were finally turning around and it was becoming more of a viable operation.

    • flippinamsterdam says:

      Sorry, but your financial argument has no basis or underlying financial analysis. You’re saying the losses accrued and passed to tax payers over the 24 year operating of history of MOSA were reversed in the last 4-5 years. That’s utterly ridiculous from a financial analysis perspective. As but one example, MOSA cost $1+ million in penalties in just one year, please see my blog post from 2009 That one year was 2009 which is 4 years ago so I’m not following how you can make such a claim that things turned around. I apologize for the tone but it’s frustrating to see the very talking points this post satirized passed off as substantive.

      • diane says:

        The tipping fees have completely changed, almost cutting them in half……that is a huge turnaround from what was originally being charged. We obviously cannot expect to make up the millions lost in 24 years, verses the past four. I am saying with the new fees and Oswego staying in, we could have gone on to a brighter future. That would also mean the new team in place continuing on in a positive manner. The previous director and some board members were directly responsible for those huge losses.

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