Issue 6 - Revenue Renewal

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Issue 6: City revenue issue on March 19 ballot

In Dayton, the March 19, 2024, primary election ballot will include Issue 6 – the proposed renewal of the current ¼%, eight-year earned income tax.

The City of Dayton’s current income tax consists of a permanent 2.25% tax and an additional eight-year, ¼% tax that was approved by voters in November of 2016 (referred to as “Issue 9” on the 2016 ballot).

With the 2016 tax measure set to expire at the end of 2024, the City of Dayton has placed a renewal on the primary ballot (Issue 6). As a renewal, this is not a tax increase.

As an earned income tax, Dayton’s tax (including the proposed ¼% renewal) does not apply to income such as Social Security, retirement benefits, and unemployment benefits. Regular income (wages) and business income are taxable, along with earnings such as commissions and rental income, and several miscellaneous income types. Earnings by non-residents working in Dayton are taxable and comprise more than one half of the revenue the renewal will generate. For more information on taxable and non-taxable income, go to www.daytonohio.gov/tax or call 937-333-3500.

The ¼% tax renewal would cost around $8 monthly for someone working full time with an annual salary of $40,000.

How will Issue 6 revenue be used?

Over an eight-year period, the ¼% earned income tax will generate an estimated $15 million annually. Those funds will be applied yearly as follows:

  • $10 million to the City of Dayton general fund, to support public safety (police and fire services), road repair, park improvements, and vacant lot maintenance.
  • $4.3 million to support high-quality pre-kindergarten education accessible to all families with preschool age (3- and 4-year-old) children living in the city of Dayton.
  • $650,000 for housing investments.
  • Any residual amounts available will revert to the general fund.

Issue 6: Fast Facts

  • Amount of the proposed tax renewal: One-quarter of one percent (0.25%).
  • Duration of the ¼% income tax: Eight years (2025 through 2032).
  • Social Security, disability benefits and pensions are not taxed. Only regular wages and other kinds of earned income are taxable.
  • The eight-year tax will pay for: Public safety, road repairs, vacant lot maintenance, high-quality preschool, and housing investments.

Promises kept

The City of Dayton delivered on the pledges made to voters in 2016. In the seven years following the 2016 vote, the City has followed through with these investments in the community (amounts indicated are totals through Oct. 2023).

  • $22.3 million for residential street resurfacing, improving the average quality of streets from poor to satisfactory.
  • $17.5 million to maintain/improve public safety, including police, fire/EMS services.
  • $1.7 million for park improvements: 15 parks citywide have improvements including new walkways, sports courts, playground equipment, benches and shelters, plus removal of obsolete features.
  • $24.6 million for quality preschool: Over 10,000 Dayton children have attended Preschool Promise sites in the city, with 9 out of 10 attending 5-star preschool sites.
  • $4.2 million for vacant land maintenance, with 6,000 lots citywide mowed four to six times per year.