Montgomery County Announces Denial of Permit Application County cites threat to public safety, loss of commerce, excessive cost

On Friday, March 6, 2020, the Montgomery County Board of County Commissioners denied the permit application of the KKK-affiliated group the Honorable Sacred Knights to use Court House Square for an event on Sept. 5, 2020.

The following reasons are the basis of the denial:

(1) significant threat to public health and safety, which imposed an undue burden on local law enforcement to provide security and ensure safety of people and property;

(2) negative impact on commerce, including significant traffic interruption and road closures, cancellation of events, and shuttering of downtown businesses;

(3) and significant financial burden on taxpayers, with costs for security totaling $770,000 (City of Dayton = $650,000; Montgomery County = $120,000).

Montgomery County Board of County Commissioners Statement:

“Montgomery County has denied the permit application of the KKK-affiliated group the Honorable Sacred Knights to use Court House Square, in the interest of protecting public health and safety for all our citizens.
Our taxpayers should not be forced to bear the significant financial burden that will be required to fund law enforcement and security measures during this event, nor should our businesses be forced to shutter their doors.”

Please note that Montgomery County did contribute equipment, personnel and resources for the law enforcement and public safety effort surrounding last year’s event on Court House Square. See below for a summary of County costs in personnel and resource expenses from the 2019 event.

Sheriff’s Office personnel costs

$28,500

Emergency Management personnel costs and equipment upgrades

$35,000

Safety fencing

$57,500

Total Costs

$121,000