DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A proposal to merge the southwest Ohio city of Dayton with surrounding Montgomery County has been withdrawn.
A nonprofit group called Dayton Together had suggested combining the city and county governments but decided that wasn’t feasible after the city annexed 25 acres in Bath Township, in Greene County. The involvement of property in a different county would significantly complicate a merger.
The Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/1T4RbRT ) reports the city intentionally annexed the land to block a merger.
Proponents of the idea said they hoped to improve efficiency and make the region more competitive.
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley had opposed merging and suggested it could threaten the city’s ability to self-govern and disenfranchise voters. Critics also said the plan didn’t address problems it sought to fix, such as job losses.
Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com