Montgomery County

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.

Jerry Kenney

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. 

Jerry Kenney

The Montgomery County Fairgrounds is getting closer to finding a new home. The Brookville city Council will take a final vote on two zoning ordinances Tuesday that will pave the way for the fairgrounds to move from its current Dayton location to Brookville.

But obstacles remain. Even if the city zoning ordinances are passed, there is an issue surrounding the funding of an access road on the proposed property that could help ease traffic problems in the area.

ridge ave bridge construction
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Following a groundbreaking on Friday, the Ridge Avenue Bridge over the Stillwater River in Dayton is set to close Tuesday, February 18, 2014 until September, 2015 for a complete rebuilding.

The current bridge, which connects Riverside Drive on the west side to Triangle and Deweese Parks on the east, was built in 1927 and still carries nearly 5,000 vehicles a day to and from residential neighborhoods and the nearby Boonshoft Museum. A contract was granted to Brumbaugh Construction of Arcanum on February 11.

Ohio officials are reporting over 23,000 people newly eligible for Medicaid in Ohio got enrolled in January, after Ohio Governor John Kasich decided to expand the insurance program to cover more low-income people using Affordable Care Act funds.

Medicaid can be tricky to quantify, however.

At the Montgomery County Job Center’s health care room, the people coming in are a mix—some have been on and off Medicaid, and some are signing up for subsidized care for the first time.

Lewis Wallace / WYSO

In the midst of the ongoing intense cold weather, teams of volunteers are spreading across Montgomery County Wednesday morning for the yearly statewide census of homelessness. The count gives service organizations a snapshot of how many people are on the streets or in shelters on a given night, and it is required for counties that receive affordable housing assistance from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Logo / Dayton Regional Green

The City of Dayton and Montgomery County moved this week to sign resolutions to make the region more “green” in the coming years. Leaders are encouraging businesses to take on basic environmental practices, and asking individuals to do more recycling and energy conservation.

The city and county’s goals for the Dayton Regional Green Initiative include certifying 1,500 companies as “green,” and planting 100,000 trees by 2016. They also want 25 percent of the region’s waste to be recycled.

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