More than 6,000 vacant lots and boulevards are mowed with the support of the “Your Dollars, Your Neighborhood” program. The goal is to mow every lot and boulevard five times during warm months, from late April through October. At the end of October, a sixth round is dedicated to brush and debris clean-up, garbage removal and other maintenance needed in advance of winter. Poor weather conditions can alter mowing and clean-up schedules.
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In 2016, city of Dayton voters passed Issue 9, an 8-year, 0.25% earned income tax to support expanded service-levels, new investments and the maintenance of essential public safety services. “Your Dollars, Your Neighborhood” is the implementation of this program over the next 8-years. It supports four programs: vacant lot and boulevard mowing, city parks improvements, the Pre-school Promise program and residential road resurfacing. Additionally, “Your Dollars, Your Neighborhood” supports the expansion of Police presence in city neighborhoods and the maintenance of fire suppression and emergency response activities.
The Preschool Promise initiative is supported by $4.3 million of dedicated funding from the “Your Dollars, Your Neighborhood” program. The Preschool Promise budget is allocated on a school year basis, starting in August. It is comprised of three components: (1) educating the community and families about the importance of high quality preschool; (2) expanding the availability of high quality preschool in Dayton; and (3) assisting families in finding and paying for high quality preschool.
Around 6,000 lots are mowed. The vacant lot inventory count is based on city parcels that have been registered with the vacant lot mowing program and may not represent the number of active lots being mowed within a given round, or mow cycle. Neighbors, non-profit groups and owners may begin to maintain a lot at any time; City crews will not mow a lot that is being actively maintained.
Every year, residential roads are selected for resurfacing based on pavement condition, traffic volume, and geographic location. After completion of the 8-year program, residential road conditions will improve from a “poor” to a “satisfactory” pavement condition rating. Whenever possible, utility upgrades are completed in advance of repaving.
It typically takes 5-7 seven days to grind and pave a residential street. The City’s contractors have up to 7 days to complete work once they have started grinding the pavement. Utility replacement work and poor weather conditions can impact how long it takes to complete the project.
A Pavement Condition Index or PCI survey measures the health of city roadways. In the spring of 2017, the City completed a PCI survey and it was determined that the City’s overall network was in poor condition. Data from the 2017 PCI survey was used to develop the baseline condition prior to the start of the road resurfacing program.
Priority for parks improvements from the “Your Dollars, Your Neighborhood” program is based on park condition and park usage. Parks that have the greatest need and highest usage will be given priority for parks improvement investments. The proposed park improvements for 2018 and 2019 are displayed on the map feature in the Parks Dashboard.
Through the “Your Dollars, Your Neighborhood” program, police officer staffing will grow from an annual average of 345 officers in 2015 to 365 officers by 2022. This is a total increase of 20 police officers as a result of the Issue 9 funding.
Financial dashboards for each of the program areas depict available and committed budget along with year-to-date actual expenditures. For more information on the City’s budget and expenditures, visit our financial transparency portal, Dayton Open Data, at daytonoh.opengov.com. Budget and actual expenditures are updated monthly on Dayton Open Data.
The timing for updates is different for each program area. The financial dashboard is “live” and is updated when the City’s financial system updates. Mowing and Road Resurfacing dashboards are updated at midnight, daily. The Parks dashboard will be updated annually and the Preschool Promise dashboard is updated quarterly.
Beginning with the implementation of the “Your Dollars, Your Neighborhood” program in 2017, users can view historic dashboard information by clicking on the drop down box at the top right corner and selecting the year.
Users can scroll through the map on a PC, tablet or smartphone, or use the search feature in the top right hand of the map. Using the search feature, users can enter an address to view. If users click on the address, information will pop-up, with details about the vacant lot, park or street if it is available.
Yes, the dashboards are optimized for any device. However, the displays are best viewed from a tablet or pc.
Start at the Issue 9 launch page, daytonohio.gov/yourdollarsyourneighborhood. You can choose from five program area tiles to view. Once you choose a tile, the dashboard will load. You can view maps, performance data and financial information. You can filter data by entering an address in the map feature, or by clicking inside a pie chart or graph. Once you are done filtering, exit the dashboard or refresh your browser. This allows the data to reset.
For an in-depth tutorial, view this YouTube video.