A northeastern Ohio county said it blundered when it cut Texler Inc.'s tax abatement because the Macedonia, Ohio, molder did not meet its jobs-creation commitment. Summit County Council voted Aug. 5 to grant Texler another year to create more jobs at its Macedonia plant before trimming the injection molder's full tax abatement by 25 percent. The vote amends county legislation passed in March that would have required Texler to pay taxes on tangible and real property beginning in January 1995. The new resolution pushes that date forward to January 1996, which, in effect, extends Texler's deadline to build its work force, since the firm plans to plead its case anew before its 1996 taxes are due next year.
The city of Macedonia, Summit County and Texler all are partners in the original, eight-year tax-incentive agreement, said Norma Fox Horwitz, assistent director of economic development for the county.Macedonia and Summit County sparred earlier this year over Texler's tax situation, with the city taking Texler's side. But Horwitz now says the dispute was no more than a mixup resulting from the county council inserting an incorrect date in Texler's tax legislation.
It was an honest mistake,'' said Macedonia Mayor Joseph Migliorini, now that the problem has been resolved.
Meanwhile, Lori Tecco-Pitzer, Texler's operations manager, said the firm is trying to hire 30 more people, which would bring its employee count to 160 - 25 workers more than its original pledge of 135 jobs. The company agreed to that number when it moved from Solon, Ohio, to Macedonia in July 1990 to take advantage of the tax incentive.
Texler has claimed all along that Summit County is facing a severe shortage of workers interested in entry-level positions. Even so, Tecco-Pitzer said, Texler is closer to satisfying its job promises by hiring from an area labor pool of people with mental and physical disabilities.