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City Council Discusses Tax Incentive for Public Relations, Marketing Company

North Canton City Council approved a $10,000 occupancy grant for Crowl, Montgomery & Clark, Inc. The public relations and marketing company will move into a building on South Main Street and use the grant to fix up the building.

City Council discussed a $10,000 occupancy tax grant to entice the public relations and marketing company Crowl, Montgomery & Clark, Inc., into moving into a South Main Street building.

The company, which has nearly 20 employees and has a $750,000 pay roll, now is leasing a building located in the New Berlin Commons plaza, near , and . The company plans to move into a building near .

"We're very excited this property is purchased," Council-at-large Marcia Kiesling said at the council meeting Monday night. "It's been for sale for quite a while. It needs some major refurbishment. And this retention grant is going toward all of the upgrades inside and outside the building."

Resident Chuck Osborne shared his concerns about the occupancy grant. He said the city doesn't need to give the company its "desperately needed funds" to stay in North Canton because they already are located in the city (in the New Berlin Commons plaza) and they have already bought the property on South Main Street.

"I urge you to spend this money as if it's your own money," Osborne said. "And if it's clear that the business that you're talking to cannot make a financial go of it without some incentives ... there's no reason to give out the money."

But Mayor David Held considered it a win for the city. The company plans to invest $40,000 to renovate the building. And, he said it's retention grants such as the one being discussed for Crowl, Montgomery & Clark that help the city regain its income tax revenue after the loss of the Hoover Company.

"You have to keep in mind we are competing with cities that have incentive packages," he said after Osborne's remarks.

"Now I know that you could argue "Are they really going to leave (the city) or not leave,'" but from my perspective, I'd rather not test it," Held said. "I think it's a good deal for the city to keep the income tax of a $750,000 payroll."

Ward 1 Councilman Doug Foltz also saw it as a positive move for the city. He said it's likely the employees will eat at the nearby residents and create more foot traffic on South Main Street.

"The more businesses that we have that are occupied, or the more properties we have that are occupied, on Main Street ... makes for a more vibrant city."

Council approved its first reading of the ordinance that night.

Jeff W July 10, 2012 at 12:38 PM
As per usual, Chuck Osborne has no clue what the real information is regarding this tax incentive. As an employee of Crowl, Montgomery & Clark for nine years, I can tell you this company was ready to leave North Canton For Hudson. Our owner lives in Hudson, and 60% of our employees live in the Akron area. As one of the North Canton/Stark County employees who were pushing for a North Canton location, I know that the city offering an additional incentive definitely helped seal this deal. It's a way for the city to incent and reward businesses that stay in, or move to North Canton. Crowl, Montgomery & Clark have been in business for over 53 years, and plans to be in business another 50. Those are the types of businesses North Canton wants in this city. The building will be totally renovated, and quite honesty take what has been an eyesore, and make it a viable, vibrant building along Main Street. The building itself has a great North Canton history, and we the employees at CMC are proud that we will be able to call it "home". Thank you Mayor Held, City Council, and Mr. Bowles for helping our company take an important step in growing what has been a bedrock of stability for over 50 years.
Morgan Day (Editor) July 10, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Really glad to see a comment from someone who has a stake in this. Thanks for the input, Jeff.
keith price July 10, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Glad to see CM&C staying in NC. Which South Main building is it moving to?
Jeff W July 11, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Keith - it's the building/house that is next door to Susanna's Restaurant.

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