OneDayton Shares Plans for Unified Government

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“Civic Innovation Designer”

Since: Mar 11

Springboro, Ohio

#1 Sep 16, 2013
For the last two years, members of OneDayton have met privately to discuss plans for restructuring the Government of Montgomery County ranging from doing nothing with a perfect system to unifying the county under a strong single charter. Recently it’s members, which include an illustrious list of mayors, judges, and commissioners, have decided to open the debate in order to gather additional feedback from the respective communities before recommending an issue be placed on the ballot for voters to decide.

Each of the proposals offer an increasing amount of consolidation of local services with the ultimate goal of saving taxpayers money and providing for a more unified vision of the county. While its critics charge that the initiative is simply a numbers game to boost the same of Dayton to the second largest metropolitan area in Ohio, Montgomery County Commission President Dan Foley believes this would give Dayton “more influence, more visibility, and more opportunities for economic growth.”

While the prospect of restructuring local government could be an exciting opportunity for residents of Montgomery County, the focus on consolidating services in response to a shrinking economy sounds more like a business solution than a new form of government. This is not to say that consolidation is without merit, but to highlight the missing components that factor into a thriving metropolitan area, including infrastructure, manufacturing, small business, and workers, along with the necessary skills and investments in new and emerging markets.

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