From the Mayor’s Desk

From the Mayor’s Desk

Dayton delivers and you can, too

By Nan Whaley

Photo: Mayor Whaley addresses the Dayton Chapter of the International Public Management Association

I am pleased to offer two pieces of exciting information to Dayton City Paper readers this month. First, I am excited to announce the launch of City of Dayton’s new mobile application, Dayton Delivers.

Dayton Delivers is the new and convenient way Dayton citizens can communicate with the City of Dayton. This mobile app is in line with my desire to improve community engagement and ensure every citizen has the opportunity to have.

The Dayton Delivers app allows residents to report problems or place service requests while on the go. This means it can be used to order recycling bins, schedule bulk waste pickup or report problems such as potholes, streetlight outages, vacant lot conditions, graffiti and much more. It is our hope residents use the app as a companion to the City’s Public Works call center (937.333.4800) and Water/Sewer call center (937.333.4900).

After reporting a problem or submitting a service request, the information will be instantly routed to the city staff in the appropriate department. This means your service requests will be responded to quickly and efficiently, and you’ll be notified automatically when they are resolved.

My personal experience with the app has been great. Most recently, I reported a streetlight outage in my neighborhood. When submitting the service request, I attached a photo of the pole number along with my message describing the location of the light pole. Since I registered my email when I downloaded the Dayton Delivers app, I was able to follow the status of my request and receive an email notification from city staff when the request was received and completed.

I’ve also heard great things from citizens regarding the Dayton Delivers app when I’m out in the community. They’re happy with the additional customer service option the app brings and how easy it is to use. Some additional features on the app are links to local news, events and dining/entertainment opportunities in Dayton.

You can download the Dayton Delivers app for iPhones and Android phones by visiting Google Playstore or Apple’s App Store. A tutorial for the app can be found at City of Dayton’s YouTube webpage. Download the app to get started today! We want to make this app convenient for you, so please let me know what you think.

Also, on Tuesday, May 6, Dayton voters will be asked to renew the city’s existing earnings tax rate and make it permanent. This 2.25 percent earnings tax has been in effect since 1984 and voters have to occasionally renew part of it. This is the source of funding for critical city services residents and workers rely on every day – police, fire, ambulance, street maintenance, snow removal, park maintenance and more.

The total city’s earning tax rate is 2.25 percent – 1.75 percent is permanent and 0.5 percent is renewable. After having that one-half percent approved five times since 1984, the City Commission is asking voters to make it permanent. Making it permanent will avoid the expense of the renewal elections, will allow the city to do longer-term financial planning and will help protect the city’s credit rating that determines how much it costs for the city to borrow money.

The renewable portion of the earnings tax raises about $22 million a year. That is critical funding for the services that allow individuals and families to work, live and raise families in Dayton every day. If the rate is not renewed, we will have to reduce expenses by $22 million starting next year. That is about 1 of every 7 dollars in our general fund. The changes required would be dramatic, and would impact every service the city provides.

The last decade has been tough on Dayton and Dayton workers. I expect we have all seen and felt the impact of the changing economy and the housing decline. Dayton has persevered and I see many signs of hope. Workers who trained in new skills are able to put those skills to work for their families. Companies are starting to hire and to invest in facilities. New housing is being built. Dayton still has challenges, but the hard work put in over the last decade is starting to pay off.

Renewing the existing earnings tax rate will help these good things continue. The city will continue to invest in services citizens use every day. The city can continue to create an environment where businesses can grow. We can continue to partner with cultural and community groups to make our city fun and attractive as a place to live. On May 6, we can continue to write Dayton’s future. Please vote for Dayton and for Issue 6.

Reach Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley  by email at nan.whaley@daytonohio.gov, on Twitter: @nanwhaley and on Facebook at facebook.com/nanformayor.

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