SPECIAL IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT

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 2021 and runs through the end of 2025.

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, 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.

2021-2025 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 and advocacy, economic development, marketing & communication, street vibrancy & creative placemaking, and clean and safe services.

You can download a PDF of the 2021-2025 SID Services Plan to review these areas in depth.

Our Your Downtown Update progress reports provide a brief update on the status of work in each focus area, as well as an update on downtown development activities throughout the year.

Find the latest editions of these quarterly progress reports here.

SID 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: Ryan Powell, LPI Properties, Inc.
Vice-Chair: Shannon Isom, YWCA Dayton
Treasurer: Mark Heitkamp, CareSource
Secretary: Anne Pfeiffer, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Miami Valley

Board Members:

Shelley Dickstein, City Manager, City of Dayton
Carolyn Rice, Montgomery County Commissioner
Jeffrey J. Mims, Jr., City of Dayton Commissioner
Gary Gottschlich, Gottschlich & Portune LLP

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

why does downtown need coordinated management services?

Suburban office parks are often developed, managed and marketed by a single ownership group or management company. In contrast, downtown Dayton properties are owned and managed by numerous companies, individuals, non-profits and government entities. The SID serves as a primary advocate for all downtown property owners, and greater progress can be made through collaboration. The SID works to reinforce economic enhancement by providing targeted services.

when will the current sid expire?

The current SID will expire on December 31, 2025.

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 2020, 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 website for more details.

If you have other questions or need more information, email Sandy Gudorf at gudorf@downtowndayton.org or call her at (937) 224-1518, ext. 224.