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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – An increase in construction projects has led three communities to consider an agreement to share some services.

Projects like Water Street in Dayton are adding to the work load for building inspectors, so Kettering, Dayton and Montgomery County are looking to split some building code enforcement duties to help handle the increase.

We wanted to know if this is will lead to more regional cooperation in the future.

“This one is really important because we’ve heard it a lot from the development community that the system could be easier,” says Montgomery County Commissioner Dan Foley.

That’s why Foley says this move is designed to not only save tax dollars by combining services, but to also make the building permit process easier to navigate and make it more likely for businesses to build here.

“We’re hoping longer term its results into a full fledged shared service that you can walk into any office and you can see information from any jurisdiction and you can get help,” Foley says.

Leaders say if the program works they’d like to get other communities to join and they continue to look for ways to share services.

“People want their tax dollars going farther and people want efficiencies, as they should,” Foley says

The agreement still has to be approved. Dayton City Commissioners will hear the proposal for the first time Wednesday.

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