The reason Dayton had the highest tax rate in the county with the exception of Oakwood was because the tax mostly affected people who couldn’t vote for it. Non-resident workers downtown were subjected to a 2.25% income tax, meaning if they lived anywhere else with an income tax, they used to get an exclusion from paying anything under. So only the poor stiffs in Oakwood who worked in Dayton had to shell out the extra .25% to Oakwood.
Now- almost every suburban community is raising to 2.25% since State funding dried up- and some of them have the gall to say, sorry, you still have to pay our income tax, even if you work in Dayton too.
Ouch. So now, Mayor Nan, who can find half a million to buy at least 3 buildings for which there is no public use- and give away huge tax breaks to big corporations like GE and Emerson- says- we need to raise our tax to 2.5% even though they’ve already hit us with a street light tax, a trash and water increase and the police department is running record leand.
The city of Dayton plans to ask voters to approve a 0.25 percent income tax increase that supporters said will help close a projected shortfall, fund police and fire services and pay for universal pre-school.While Dayton voters will decide if the increase takes place, the tax is paid by people who work in the city.If approved, the tax rate would climb to 2.5 percent for a period of eight years.
Folks, remember the big meetings to stop the city/county merger? They were just the warm up act for this mess.
If it weren’t for Caresource downtown adding federally funded jobs like feral cats procreate in South Park- the city would have been broke long ago. Now, you have to wonder- how long will they want to pay that extra .25% on Pam Morris’s $3M a year paycheck? Will they need to move their HQ to Austin Landing too- where only the little people get taxed?
Is there a clause in it that excuses the hike for white collar workers?
We could ditch all 28 municipalities in the county, get rid of the urban township tax havens, have one regional government, and charge a flat 1.5% local income tax and come out way ahead, but then the Monarchy of Montgomery County couldn’t keep their friends and family on the plan. So, let’s raise taxes and make sure that every business left looks to leave.