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File #: 1210-2019    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 4/25/2019 In control: Economic Development Committee
On agenda: 5/13/2019 Final action: 5/16/2019
Title: To dissolve the Downtown Office Incentive Agreement between the City and Root, Inc.
Explanation
BACKGROUND: The City of Columbus (“CITY”) entered into a Downtown Office Incentive Agreement (hereinafter “AGREEMENT”) with Root, Inc. (also referred to as the “GRANTEE”) effective February 4, 2019. Columbus City Council approved the AGREEMENT by Ordinance No. 1355-2018, adopted May 21, 2018, amended by Ordinance No. 3271-2018 on December 3, 2018, and granted a financial incentive based on an amount equal to fifty percent (50%) of the new Columbus withholding tax paid by new employees at the project site, to commence January 1, 2019 for a period of four (4) consecutive taxable years based on the retention of 79 full-time positions, the creation of 463 net new permanent full-time positions with an estimated annual payroll of $38.8 million and an investment of approximately $1.03 million related to leasehold improvements and the acquisition of equipment at 80 E. Rich Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215 (the “PROJECT SITE”).

In a letter from the GRANTEE to the CITY dated April 2, 2019, it was requested that the Downtown Office Incentive be cancelled for Root, Inc. as the company is accepting a multi-site Jobs Growth Incentive from the City of Columbus instead related to additional job growth and job sites. This legislation is to dissolve the Downtown Office Incentive AGREEMENT between the City of Columbus and Root, Inc. Calendar year 2019 would have been the first reporting year for the GRANTEE and the GRANTEE has not received any benefit under the terms of the existing AGREEMENT.

FISCAL IMPACT: No funding is required for this legislation.

Title
To dissolve the Downtown Office Incentive Agreement between the City and Root, Inc.

Body
WHEREAS, Columbus City Council approved a Downtown Office Incentive Agreement (the “AGREEMENT”) with Root, Inc. (also referred to as the “GRANTEE”) by Ordinance No. 1355-2018 on May 21, 2018, amended by Ordinance No. 3271-2018 on December 3, 2018 with the AGREEMENT having been made and entered into effective February 4, 20...

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