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Montgomery County, Ohio

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Montgomery County, Ohio is one of eighty-eight counties in Ohio. The 2010 census reported the population at 535,153 making it the fourth most populous county in Ohio. The county seat is Dayton, Ohio.”[1]The county is named in honor of Richard Montgomery, an American Revolution War General killed in 1775 while attempting to capture Quebec City, Canada.

Website evaluation

This website was most recently evaluated on 17 March 2013.

The good

  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes are archived for 14 years.
    • Meeting agendas are archived for 14 years.
    • A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.[2]
  • Elected Officials
    • Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[3]
  • Administrative officials
    • Department heads are listed for each department.
    • Contact information for administrative officials is provided including a mailing address, phone number, and personalized email.[4]
  • Audits
    • The most recent audit is posted.[5]
  • Budget
    • The most current budget is listed.
    • Budgets are archived for 9 years.[6]
    • An FAQ page is published answering common questions.[7]
  • Permits and zoning
    • Zoning ordinances are posted online.
    • Permit applications can be downloaded on the site, along with information on how to apply for the permits.[8]
  • Contracts
    • Bids and RFPs are posted online.
    • Approved contract statements are provided for vendors.[9][10][11]
  • Public records
    • The public information officer is identified and maintained by the Montgomery County Records Center & Archives. This office provides a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[12]
    • A public records form is provided by the Montgomery County Records Center & Archives.
    • A fee schedule for documents is provided.[13]
  • Board of Elections is an exception resource to view upcoming election information, candidate information, issues and voting locations.[14]
  • Taxes
    • Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state, and local funding in the budget.
    • Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.
    • Residents are able to pay taxes online.[15].

The bad

  • Audits
    • Audits are not archived for at least five years.
  • Lobbying
    • If the county engaged in lobbying actives or if it's a member of government lobbying associations] are not disclosed. Nor is the total cost lobbying activities or membership dues for associations available.

Elected Officials

Name Title
Karl Keith Auditor
Dan Foley Commissioner
Deborah Lieberman Commissioner
Judy Dodge Commissioner
Gregory Brush Clerk of Courts
Kent Harshbarger, M.D., J.D. Coroner
Paul Gruner Engineer
Mathias Heck Jr. Prosecutor
Willis Blackshear Recorder
Phil Plummer Sheriff
Carolyn Rice Treasurer

Note that Judges are also elected in Montgomery County. More specific information on Judges is available.[16]

Administrative Officials[17]

Name Title
Mark Kumpf Animal Resource Center/Dog Control Program
Cathy Petersen Communications Director
Jeff Jordan Emergency Management Director
Phil Miller Facilities Management
Stephanie Echols Human Resources Director
Roy Sigritz Risk Management; Purchasing and Central Services Director
Alice Reid Learning and Performance

Budget

  • In 2011, the Government Finance Officers Association awarded the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award to Montgomery County for the 2011 fiscal year.[18] To receive this award, a governmental unit must publish a budget document that meets program criteria as a policy document, as an operations guide, as a financial plan and as a communications device.
  • The total budget for expenses is $896.4 million; the total budget for revenues is $874.9 million, leaving a $21.5 difference between revenue and expenses. The County budget is $57.2 million or 6.0% below the 2010 budget.[19]
  • Of this budget, 50.5% is expended for social services, 31.8% is accounted for under salary and benefits. The largest revenue source is intergovernmental at $242.1 million or 27.7% of total revenues.

Stimulus

The Montgomery County seat, Dayton, Ohio, received $84,131,842.30 in thirteen contracts and fifty-one grants totaling sixty-four awards.[20]

Local taxes

  • Local taxes make up approximately 22.9% of the total revenue budget ($874,929,464).[21]
  • Sales tax revenue in 2011 (published through August 2011) increased since 2010 by 9.1% or $3,605,924.[22]
  • The hotel/motel lodging tax is 3% collected from transient lodgers in establishments with five or more sleeping rooms.[23]

Montgomery County In the News

  • A federal tax lien totaling $132,565 has been filed against County Commissioner Debbie Lieberman and her husband, former Montgomery County Democratic Party Chair Dennis Lieberman.[24]
  • County Commissioner Debbie Lieberman is arrested for Drunk Driving with a blood alcohol level of .131.[25]
  • Ohio is cracking down on public workers’ political activity in Montgomery County and across the state. Although public employees often hit the campaign trail fighting for collective bargaining rights and particular candidates, Ohio officials say that they will now better enforce the rules previously ignored and sharpen the line between government operation and politics. Both parties are guilty of involving government employees in their political campaign operations. Although no new rules are in place, some activists are calling for the legislature to review the constraints.[26]
  • In 2008, Montgomery County Prosecutor Mathias Heck Jr. and his administrative assistant Greg Flannagan, admitted liability for violating federal law that prohibits certain employees from participating in political activity.[27]
  • Allegations of corruption arose in 2008 against Jon Husted (R-OH) over residency and tax questions. The Ohio House Speaker claimed to live in Upper Arlington while some argue that he truly lives in Kettering. Legal documents involving the two properties raised questions about his principle place of residence. These documents also allegedly show that the Husted’s received property tax breaks on both homes, in violation of Ohio law that says a couple can only take the tax reduction on one home.[28]
  • In 2008, retiring Montgomery County Sheriff David Vore fired Deputy Lt. Mike Tenore for running against Vore’s hand-picked successor, Phil Plummer.[29]

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