We are an organization dedicated to and in support of practical, common-sense solutions for Montgomery County and the Greater Dayton area. We believe Montgomery county issues are Dayton issues and vice-versa, and that issues can only be solved through close collaboration across the region. 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.
On the Issues
Keep Sinclair Fair
Stop Montgomery County from shouldering the entire burden of Sinclair via property taxes for the last 52 years. Any county that has a campus, should pay as well.
Simplify Income Taxes
Montgomery County has a maze of different income tax collections and rates. Besides the tax evasion by urban townships, the pressure this puts on service businesses to properly account for their workers is costly. One tax collection agency, and even better, one countywide universal rate.
On the Issues
Sane 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.
Fair Property Tax
Tax abatement as “economic development” is generally a payoff to the wealthy, large business or political favoritism. Any business that receives tax abatement, will have to meet certain guidelines: No employee of the company may make more than 5x the median wage of the municipality granting the abatement. If they do, .25% of income taxes generated from the company should go directly to the schools.
Single Municipal Court System
Franklin County has it, why can’t we? Instead of multiple clerks of courts, websites and support systems (and every headache and hassle it causes) it’s time for a single system. Read more…
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….
Support of Non-Traditional Candidates
Support in getting signatures, ballot initiatives and fair ballot access for all who support our causes. We’ll also help create websites, manage campaigns, and help promote those who agree to campaign finance limits.
Limits on Campaign Spending
Any candidate who spends more than 1 year’s salary of the office (for any office that pays more than the county median income) or more than the terms collective salary (for any office that pays less than the county median income) will be ineligible to receive a salary while in office. This is to help stop offices going to the highest bidder.
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.
Elimination of 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.
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.
Education reform continued
It’s time to radically change the way we look at the conventional school year, and the many “systems” we have in place. Until every child born in Montgomery County has an equal chance, we’re failing. It’s time to be leaders and innovate our way into a better system. The long term social costs are way lower.
Do you have an issue close to you and your community and think we can help? Know someone in or running for office who believes in working smarter & harder for Dayton? Get in touch.