He said the company didn’t move some staff to the Monroe location for tax purposes, which caused it to miss its payroll requirement. It expects to meet the requirement in the future.
Council will consider final approval of the agreement at its Feb. 23 meeting.
Councilman Todd Hickman said Rivertown Brewery Company did not get a similar deal before council revoked their tax abatement last year.
“What are we going to do in the future?” Hickman asked.
“They have been a good business partner with the city,” said Councilwoman Christina McElfresh. “We’re trying to work with them.”
Mayor Jason Frentzel said, “Presto was willing to work with the city. That was not the case with Rivertown. The communication was all one-sided from the city.
Last August, council revoked the five-year, 45% tax abatement with Rivertown for defaulting on tax payments and employee counts.
At that time, Rivertown owed $72,370 in unpaid taxes and payments not made as part of a plan for previous lapses in payment. On May 8, 2020, Monroe filed a second tax lien against the property at 6550 Hamilton-Lebanon Road.
Rivertown had a payment plan with Butler County for previous unpaid property taxes. As a result of the nonpayment and a failure to make the April 2020 payment, the existing Butler County payment plan for previously due taxes that had not been paid was no longer valid.