Dayton's Issue 9 

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions 

What is this issue?
Issue 9 on the November 8 2016 ballot is a ¼% earned income tax for the City of Dayton. With voter approval, it will bring Dayton’s income tax rate to 2.5%.

  • It will not tax Social Security, pensions, interest, retirement or investment income. 
  • The majority will be paid by those who live outside Dayton, but work here and use city services. 
  • The average investment of $1.60 per week for someone earning $35,000 a year. 
  • It will be for 8 years and can be renewed only by a vote of the people in a public election.
What will voter approval of this issue provide? 
With this investment, severe cuts to basic services can be avoided and the the City of Dayton can: 

  • Keep responsive, high quality emergency medical response and fire protection; 
  • Improve neighborhood safety with community-responsive policing; 
  • Address needed repairs, repaving, and maintenance of Dayton streets citywide; 
  • Keep city parks and lots mowed and well maintained;
  • Provide funding for quality preschool for Dayton 4-year-olds. 
Why is it needed?
The City faces a $5 million deficit for 2017, despite hard work and efforts to maintain fiscal integrity, as evidenced by two bond rating increases through the great recession. State budget cuts, legislative actions, and pledged aid to Ohio’s cities have cost Dayton $40 million since 2011.

  • The City’s General Fund budget is the same size as it was in 1998; 
  • In the last 15 years, General Fund City staff has been cut by 700 jobs – 40%. 
The City income tax has not been increased in 32 years. The reality is that the City has cut all it safely can. Without voter approval of this issue, severe cuts to basic services will be necessary very soon, including:

  • Cuts to the $3 million development fund; 
  • As much as $900,000 cut to Fire/EMS. 
Who gets to vote on this issue?
Residents of the city of Dayton who are active registered voters will get to vote on this issue. People who live outside the city limits will not.

How will this affect streets in Dayton?
With voter approval of this issue, the City can address needed repairs, repaving, and maintenance of Dayton streets citywide. The City has 1,028 residential lane miles, and an average of 20 lane miles per year are resurfaced. This new investment would enable roughly 73 lane miles to be resurfaced annually; approximately four times the current amount.

How will this affect policing in Dayton?

With voter approval of this issue, we can improve neighborhood safety with community-responsive policing. The City will expand patrol staffing – increasing the frequency of police presence in “hot-spot” areas and visibility in neighborhoods.This investment will also provide for an increase in the use of technology and crime data analytics and support of community policing initiatives.

How will this affect park and lot maintenance in Dayton?
With voter approval of this issue, we can enhance the schedule of the 5,700 vacant lots maintained by the City to be mowed once per month compared to the current 9-week cycle currently. Additionally, boulevards can be mowed every week rather than the current 10-day cycle.

I’ve also heard something about preschool. Can you tell me about that?
The vast majority of Dayton children start kindergarten already behind. Every child deserves a fair chance to succeed, and their success impacts us all. With approximately 1,900 4-year-olds in Dayton, the impact on our community and every neighborhood is significant. 

  • Nearly all – 3 out of 4 – Dayton children do not begin kindergarten ready to learn;
  • Lower test scores, fewer graduates, and ultimately a weaker workforce and economy result; 
  • Quality, accountable preschool for Dayton 4-year-olds is essential to provide a foundation for future success in school, careers, and life. 
How will this affect quality preschool in Dayton?
Voter approval of this investment will provide needed high quality, affordable pre-school for Dayton’s 4-year-olds, so that our children start off with a fair chance to succeed in school, work, and life. Through the Preschool Promise, tuition assistance will be offered to 4-year-olds who reside in the city and who attend a rated program in Montgomery County. It will be a tiered system based on family income, household size, and the quality rating level of the preschool. Without passage of this issue, the supply of high-quality preschool seats will continue to be less than the demand – leaving many families with difficult choices regarding the critical beginning to their child’s education and chance at future success.

Who will manage the increase in quality preschool in Dayton?
The pre-school program will be run by a non-profit board of community and business leaders, parents, and educators. Quality assistance with Preschool Promise will be provided, and preschools must commit to ongoing improvement with coaches and technical experts to provide the best preschool possible.To ensure accountability, publicly funded pre-schools will have independent audits and evaluations.

What is the breakdown of the investment?
Of the funds raised through the ¼%, the rough breakdown is:

  • $3.35 million to maintain, repair, and resurface roads;
  • $1.6 million to protect and improve neighborhood law enforcement efforts;
  • $900,000 to keep and strengthen fire protection and emergency medical services;
  • $750,000 to finalize upgrades to city parks and increase attention to vacant lots and medians;
  • $4.3 million to provide essential, high-quality preschool for 4-year-olds.
When will the issue go into effect?
With voter approval, the issue will go into effect starting January 1, 2017.

How long will the ¼% last?
The ballot issue is proposed for eight years. After eight years, it can only be renewed by a vote of the people in a public election.

How much will this issue cost taxpayers?
The ¼% would result in an average investment of $1.60 per week for someone earning $35,000 a year. This includes people who live outside Dayton but work here and use city services.

Who will pay the ¼%?
The ¼% applies to all people working in Dayton – regardless of where they live – and working residents of Dayton. In fact, the majority will be paid by those who live outside Dayton, but work here and use City services. It does not tax Social Security, pensions, investment, interest or retirement income.

When is the election?
Election Day is Tuesday, November 8, 2016. Early voting begins October 12, 2016. To check on your voter registration, call 927-225-5656 or go to