Montgomery County is looking for more money to support services for senior citizens, foster kids, and the poor and unemployed by taking a request for a levy increase to voters this November.
The county says human services needs are growing, but resources are shrinking, mainly because property values have gone down, and that’s what property taxes are based on. Each year since 2010 Human Services has seen millions in cuts, totaling over $20 million.
Children’s Services workers at Montgomery County could go on strike soon after contract negotiations with the county broke down early this week. Children’s Services facilitates foster care and adoption and works with abused and neglected kids and their families. About 230 county workers with the Professional Guild of Ohio (PGO) Council 12 are asking for higher pay increases than the county is willing to offer, and more than 100 protested at a county commission meeting Tuesday.
Montgomery County has announced funding recommendations for eight economic development projects totaling more than $1.1 million. The county’s Economic Development/Government Equity (ED/GE) Advisory Committee recommended the spring 2014 grants Wednesday.
The Brookville school district is one of several with new or increased levies on the ballot for next Tuesday, May 6, 2014. This will be the third time in a row this tiny school district northwest of Dayton has tried to get an increase; in May 2013, the levy lost by two votes, and in November, it failed by 44 out of 2,642 total votes.
Michelle Landis has two kids in the schools and heads the levy committee—and she says it’s all about turnout.
The passage of two zoning ordinance changes by the Brookville City Council on Tuesday night paved the way for the Montgomery County Fairgrounds to relocate there, but some involved with the project say there is still a lot to do before the move can take place.
Tuesday night’s vote would have taken place two weeks ago, but Brookville City Council tabled it until they could secure funding for a road extension through the fairground.