Our solutions are non-partisan, and seek to find common ground on both sides. Any candidate who makes producing results their priority over party or political careerism is an automatic ally of Reconstructing Dayton.
It's time to change elections in Dayton.
Reconstructing Dayton is working to improve the efficiency and fairness of our local elections, and want your help. Learn more about our petition and what you can do to play a part.
We put out public records requests to counties around Ohio to see if the bonus system of the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office is standard practice. Our research indicates that it is not. In this post we parse through the data and try to figure out why the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office is run differently than other counties.
Mohamed Al-Hamdani argues that a provision in the City of Dayton Charter prohibiting city employees from participating in political activities is unconstitutional. We look at the history of such restrictions along with Supreme Court precedent to argue that Al-Hamdani is making a disingenuous argument. Striking this provision from the charter would open the doors to political corruption in ways that would help the political party Al-Hamdani is an active member of.
In our coverage of the bonus scandal from the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office, we first looked at how Mat Heck has provided bonuses averaging $8,851.35 to employees in 2020. Then we looked at Heck’s history of graft and previous reports that called him out for misusing public funds. Today we look at the powers prosecutors hold and how Heck’s use of extravagant bonuses amounts to an illegal abuse of that power by tipping the scales against the public defender’s office.
Our ultimate goal is county-wide government, reducing the number of public safety departments to one, street maintenance to one, etc. County collections of taxes will be distributed based on span of control calculations, with those with the widest spans getting the most bonus money. We believe that consolidating services county-wide will result in increased efficiency that will decrease the tax-burden on Montgomery County citizens. Read more…
Fair Property Tax
The value of your property shouldn’t change based on the value of your neighbors’ property. The price you pay should be the price your property is valued at. Forcing people out of their homes because of rising valuation is discriminatory. Anyone who keeps up the exterior of their home shouldn’t be penalized for improvements. Gentrification shouldn’t be a government assisted program. Read more…
We elect politicians using primaries that no one shows up to and give the two major political parties all the power. It’s time to change the way we elect officials and ensure they represent everyone. Ranked-choice voting brings compromise, efficiency, and fairness to elections. Maine has adopted ranked-choice voting and we can, too. Read more…
Borders that Make Sense
Fair Tax Abatement
Support of Non-Traditional Candidates
Honest & Accessible Political Contributions
The current Montgomery County Board of Elections site is not ADA compliant. There is no searchable database of donors. In order for this to be both ADA compliant, transparent, and actually useful, all data should be entered in real time in a searchable format. Read more….
Sure, the public schools are working in our well to do communities, but in the poorer districts, we’re failing. The State funding formula was ruled unconstitutional over 20 years ago. We’re still failing. It’s time to radically change the way we look at the conventional school year, and the many systems we have in place.
Eliminate Unfair Business Regulations
This isn’t the free parking pool in Monopoly, individual home rules have their limits. Limiting medical marijuana outlets is unfair to those that have medical needs. This is only one example of discriminatory and random legislation.