DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Dayton leaders are giving the city’s 2015 budget a fresh look, as the possibility of cuts loom impacting services residents receive.
“While the national and state economy seem to be doing well, we’re not seeing it here in the local economy in terms of our income tax collections,” said Tim Riordan, Dayton City Manager.
Income tax collections are $1.3 million dollars below the estimate. Revenues are down $1.8 million dollars. Property tax revenues are flat compared to the same time last year. The city has warned departments to prepare for $3 million in cuts.
“I think we’ve done a good job in trying to minimize those impacts over the past couple of years, but boy we’ve cut back an awful lot,” said Riordan.
Police, fire, and public works are all in jeopardy. 2 NEWS spoke with the President of the Dayton Firefighters union who said the size of the department is about half of what it used to be. She said cuts started around 2002. Union President Gaye Jordan said, for already bare-bones staffing, they can’t really afford to lose more.
“You hate to do it, but you just have to have that financial prudence,” said Riordan.
2 NEWS asked how cuts could impact Dayton residents.
“I really worry about that because I think that a lot of our services, we’re just about as low as, I mean you can always go lower but it just means people are going to see things in terms of slower responses, things not done quite as well,” answered Riordan.
Right now, it’s a waiting game.
“I hope that what we’ll be able to do is to resume all of our normal services that the uncertainties don’t happen and what we end up doing is keeping that same level of service,” stated Riordan.
Dayton city leaders said they don’t know how the cuts will be divided yet. They said they have a tentative plan if the cuts take effect, but for now, they’re not saying what it is.