City of Dayton’s Issue 9 passes

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Montgomery County’s Issue 9 has passed Tuesday.

The quarter percent earnings income tax increase was voted for, making it the first income tax increase in 32 years. It will bring Dayton’s income tax rate to 2.5 percent.

“It’s been 32 years since we’ve gone and asked our citizens to increase our income tax by a quarter percent,” said Dickstein in a previous interview with 2 NEWS.READ MORE: City makes final case for Issue 9

“It’s been really tough managing through the Great Recession,” she said. “We’ve cut our organization 40 percent. The state has cut us $40 million. So, we sit at 1998 revenue levels and we’re projecting a $5 million gap in our budget next year.”

“If people make $35,000 a year, it’s a $1.60 a week, and it’ll generate about $11 million for the city,” said Dickstein.

She said about 60-percent of that is generated by folks commuting into the city who use city services. So, they believe it’s a fair way to raise revenue to increase investment in Dayton neighborhoods.

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