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Dayton-Montgomery County Merger Plan Dropped

Plans to merge the governments of the City of Dayton and Montgomery County have fallen through due to a legal issue.

The plan’s architects say Ohio law prevents city-county combined governments from being created if any of the city’s land is outside of the county.  In March, the city of Dayton annexed 25 acres of land in Bathe Township in Greene County. That made it legally impossible for consolidation plans to move forward.

“It is what it is, and we have to deal with it," said Paul Leonard, co-chairman of Dayton Together. "And we are hoping to move forward and keep the dream alive of cooperation and shared services without having a new formal structure in place.”

The announcement comes a day after Dayton Together opponents held a packed town-hall meeting to discuss the plan’s drawbacks.