Dayton officials plan improvements following passage of Issue 9

Dayton city leaders pass Issue 9 (WDTN Photo)
Dayton city leaders pass Issue 9 (WDTN Photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Plans are underway for improvements to infrastructure in the City of Dayton. This comes after voters approved an income tax increase one week ago.

The income tax increase is the first the city has seen in 32 years and now officials are preparing to get work on the improvements beginning in January.

The revenue generated will be used to fund infrastructure improvements, additional police officers, preschool for 4-year-olds and maintenance on more than 5,700 vacant lots.

In the last week, the city has ordered new equipment for lot maintenance and  made final decisions on the which roads will be resurfaced. Actual work won’t begin until January when the increase takes effect.

Roughly 60 percent of the money generated will come from people who live outside city limits. The quarter percent tax increase costs someone who makes $35,000 per year about $1.60 per week.

Dayton City Manager Shelley Dickstein says addressing the thousands of vacant lots is one of the community’s top priorities.

“We’re just really excited about the opportunity to be able to reinvest in our neighborhoods,” Dickstein said. “We know the foreclosure crisis and the Great Recession really created a difficult situation in our neighborhoods. They took a real beating. I’m excited to be in a position where we can actually start reinvesting.”

Dickstein says they’re now preparing bids for the road improvements. They expect resurfacing work to begin as early as March.

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