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Ashland City Schools board to consider tax abatement

By KRISTI SCHWEITZER T-G Staff Writer Published: June 14, 2017 4:00 AM

Barbasol Inc. would like to expand its facility at the Ashland Business Park.

Ashland City Schools Board of Education discussed a requested 75 percent tax abatement for 15 years during Monday's work session.

If approved, the abatement would allow the manufacturing company to purchase 6.6 acres north of and adjacent to its current property in the Ashland Business Park. The company plans to construct a 70,000 square-foot warehouse and warehouse equipment for a new product line. The request needs approval by the district, Career Center, city and county before the abatement can go through.

The project is scheduled to begin Aug. 31, 2017, and to be complete by May 1, 2018, if the tax exemption is provided.

Owned by Perio Inc. of Dublin, Ohio, Barbasol's Ashland facility has 110 full-time employees, with 78 of those projected to be involved in the proposed site.

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After brief discussion, the board was in favor of the request, especially with the open communication between the company and the district. Barbasol had previously invited superintendent Doug Marrah to see the facility and discuss its plans for the future.

Barbasol has made good with its two previous abatements, members said. The company had two enterprise zone agreements June 25, 2009, and Aug. 2, 2011, both over 15-year periods with no delinquent taxes or any other money owed to the state.

"They ... have outperformed their promise on both of those (abatements)," board Vice President James Wolfe said.

"They've been a great company and I'm glad to see them expand," board Member Rick Ewing said.

Members will tentatively vote on the request at its next meeting, June 26.

Board members discussed the possibility of changing the bowling club into a sports team for next school year's winter sporting season at an estimated cost of $2,400.

Wolfe and Marrah said the option would be a good way to get kids involved who normally might not get involved with another extracurricular activity.

With the enthusiasm its first year, members thought the transition would be a good sporting option, and they will continue to discuss it further the next few months.

Marrah said the construction to Edison Elementary School to install air conditioning and make restrooms Americans With Disabilities Act accessible is now underway.

Wolfe asked when the board could consider a similar project for Taft Intermediate School. Ewing said after the Edison project is complete, the district will have a better idea on the turnover so that it can decide on Taft in the future.

"This gives us the benefit of trail," Ewing said. "We can see what the pitfalls might be and do an even better job next time."

The board ended in executive session for personnel matters. No action was taken.

Kristi Schweitzer can be reached at 419-281-0581, ext. 237, or at kschweitzer@times-gazette.com. Follow her on Twitter @krschweitzer.


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