Wednesday, June 16, 1999

Mason will pay township $71,000 tab


Annexation taxes owed

BY KEVIN ALDRIDGE
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP — Mason officials have agreed to pay the township more than $71,000 in back taxes owed from the annexation of Procter & Gamble Co. in 1995.

        City Manager Scot Lahr- mer said Tuesday he has authorized the release of the money, and a check should be delivered to township trustees sometime this week.

        Township officials, upset by the delayed payment, were relieved to hear of the announcement.

        “I'm glad to see that the city is finally following through on its obligation,” Trustee Larry Backus said. “I felt that there was a little bit of game-playing going on with the payment, but we appreciate the fact they are taking care of it.”

        Under a 1995 annexation agreement, Mason agreed to pay Deerfield Township 100 percent of the real estate and personal property taxes it would collect from the $300 million health care research facility. Meanwhile, P&G employees would pay Mason's 1 percent earnings tax, which would generate an estimated $300,000 to $750,000 annually for the city.

        However, township officials say they did not receive full payment of those taxes for 1996 or 1997. In January, Township Clerk Ben Dotson sent an invoice to Mason requesting payment of $71,012.01.

        Mr. Lahrmer sent a response letter to the township a few days later stating he needed supporting documents on how the calculations for each year were made. He said Mason was only trying to protect its interests by verifying the amount in question and making sure the township was entitled to the amount requested.

        Warren County Auditor Nick Nelson met with Mr. Lahrmer recently to provide the necessary paperwork and to resolve the issue. Mr. Lahrmer said the integrity of the agreement was never in question.

       



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