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About the DDP

The Downtown Dayton "SID"

Learn more about the primary funding for the DDP

Overview
The Downtown Dayton Special Improvement District (SID) represents the property owners within a specific geographic area of downtown Dayton, each of whom pays a special assessment (tax) to collectively fund the SID.

Since its beginning in 1996, the SID has contracted with the Downtown Dayton Partnership to implement its Services Plan approved by the majority of downtown property owners. The DDP serves these property owners by working on seven agreed-upon areas: Strategic Planning, Advocacy for Downtown, Marketing & Communications, Business Services, Clean & Safe Services, Housing, and Amenities & Events.

Throughout the years, the SID has made significant progress toward revitalizing and sustaining our center city, making downtown a cleaner, safer and more attractive place for businesses and people to work, live and play. The SID works proactively to combat the challenges of difficult financial times and ensure our city's transition to a vibrant and active center for our region.

The Definition of a SID
SIDs are formed to support downtown and neighborhood organizations through business recruitment and retention efforts, marketing and promotions support, strategic planning, and other effort focused on revitalization. The Downtown Dayton SID was the first of its kind in Ohio. The Downtown Dayton SID contracts with the Downtown Dayton Partnership to provide services as outlined in the Services Plan.

In Ohio, SIDs are made possible by State Senate Bill 264 (O.R.C. Section 1710). This legislation states that such a district can be formed if the owners of at least 60 percent of the front footage of all the property within the district sign a petition to form the SID. SIDs are renewed by that same petition process.

Property owners within the Downtown Dayton SID boundaries pay a SID assessment as part of their property taxes to Montgomery County. The assessment amount is different for each property owner and is calculated using a weighted formula based on 25% of the front footage and 75% of the property's assessed value.

The term of the assessment levied by the Downtown Dayton SID is five years. The current SID term began in January 2016 and runs through the end of 2020.

Boundaries of the Downtown Dayton SID
The boundaries are roughly defined by the Great Miami River on the north, I-75 and the Great Miami River on the west (excluding Sinclair Community College which pays a voluntary assessment), U.S. 35 on the south, and the eastern edge of all properties fronting on Patterson Boulevard on the east. The Oregon District also is part of the SID. Click here to see a more specific map of our boundaries.

2016-2020 Services Plan
When members of the SID vote to renew it, they agree on a list of goals and strategies to implement over the course of the five-year term of the SID. The most recent plan outlines these areas of focus: Strategic Planning, Business Services, Housing, Clean & Safe Services, Advocacy for Downtown, Marketing & Communications, and Amenities & Events. You can download a PDF of the 2016-2020 SID Services Plan to review these areas in depth.

Board of Directors
A Board of Directors governs the SID. The City of Dayton appoints one member while one member is chosen by Montgomery County and other political subdivisions. The remaining members are elected by the downtown property owners.

Board Officers:
Chair: Buddy LaChance, Premier Health Partners
Vice-Chair: Ryan Powell, LPI Properties, Inc.
Secretary: Gary Gottschlich, Gottschlich & Portune LLC
Treasurer: Joey Williams, Commissioner, City of Dayton

Board Members:
Shelley Dickstein, City Manager, City of Dayton
Dan Foley, Montgomery County Commissioner
Maha Kashani, Resident, Sixth Street Lofts
Dan Meixner, President, Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School


Frequently Asked Questions

Why does downtown need coordinated management services?
Suburban properties such as office parks and shopping malls are developed, managed and marketed by a single ownership group or management company. By contrast, ownership of downtown buildings and land is divided among nearly 300 individuals and companies with no coordinated management to advocate their interests, provide common services or promote the downtown product. This obstacle can be overcome by property owners working together to solve problems and collaborating on downtown initiatives.

When will the current SID expire?
The current SID will expire on December 31, 2020.

Who has to pay the SID assessment?

Property owners within the SID boundaries pay the SID assessment as part of their property taxes to Montgomery County. The assessment amount is different for each property owner, and is calculated using a weighted formula based on 25% of the front footage and 75% of the property's assessed value.

Will the amount of the assessment vary from year to year within the current SID term?
No. The rate of assessment is locked in at a fixed amount for the full five years of the SID term. That fixed amount was determined during the second quarter of 2015, based on Montgomery County's official record of each property's assessed value at that time. Even if a property's value has increased since that time, the amount of its annual SID assessment does not increase.

Who controls the SID?
A Board of Directors governs the SID. The City of Dayton appoints one member, while one member is chosen by Montgomery County and other political subdivisions. The remaining members are elected by the downtown property owners.

How can I help?
If you are not a SID property owner, you can join the DDP and pay membership dues to help support downtown's revitalization efforts. Visit the Become a Member section of our Web site for more details.

If you have other questions or need more information, call the DDP at (937) 224-1518 or This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it us.