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Published: Thursday, 8/15/2013

Company gets $1M from Ohio village after tax error


ADDYSTON, Ohio — A plastics and chemicals producer cited for contributing to air pollution in a southwest Ohio village will get more than $1 million from the village because of a tax calculation error.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the Ohio Department of Taxation determined the state over-valued Lanxess Corp. equipment and the company paid too much. That tax money was disbursed to public entities including the Three Rivers Local School District and the village of Addyston, east of Cincinnati along the Ohio River.

Now the money must be paid back. Three Rivers Superintendent Rhonda Bohannon says that hurts the district’s small budget.

In 2009, Lanxess and another owner agreed to pay $3.1 million to settle environmental violations at an Addyston plant that contributed to high levels of toxic chemicals in the air.

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