A fifth-generation Middletonian, Moon said the most pressing issue facing the city is economic development growth.
“It drives our budget and helps to provide more revenues for additional funding for public safety and streets,” Moon said. “The East End should drive higher-paying job growth. We need to market the area as a whole and a comprehensive growth study will help drive development.”
Moon said as Cincinnati and Dayton continue to grow toward each other, there will be a need for affordable housing. He also said developing workforce development programs will also be critical.
He said road paving would be the next-highest priority noting the city will be receiving about $1 million in additional revenues from the state gas tax hike in July and the city will be paying off a bond that could free up an additional $800,000.
Moon is also proposing to earmark 5 to 10 percent of the city’s 1.5 percent income tax revenues (excluding the already dedicated 0.25 percent for public safety) for road paving. He also said the city might want to look at raising the permissive road tax to license plate sales in Middletown to be used for paving.
Another idea Moon suggested at a recent candidate forum was to pattern the 17 Strong neighborhood program that is being implemented in Hamilton as a way for Middletown’s neighborhoods to collaborate with city officials to improve the city.
As for the homeless issue, Moon said the city should reach out to the Butler and Warren county commissions as well as the state to seek out funding for recovery housing for the homeless. He also said creating a Special Improvement District for the downtown district where downtown properties are assessed might be another way to cover the costs for more security and address the homeless issue.
Middletown City Council members receive $5,000 per year in compensation during their four-year term of office.
Employment: Agency principal at Moon & Adrion Insurance
Family: Married; two sons
Residency: Lifelong resident
Other: Elected to Middletown City Council in 2015; vice mayor 2018-present
Education: Bachelor's degree from Miami University; Middletown High School class of 2000.