Future Banks biz to get $1M from city, owed property taxes

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - FOX19 has uncovered new information about the future Banks tenant set to receive nearly $1 million in grants and loans from the City of Cincinnati.

Mahogany's Cafe and Grill is slated to open a second location in The Banks.

On Tuesday, Cincinnati City Council's finance committee approved a recommendation to award the restaurant a $684,000 grant and $300,000 loan.

The full council is expected to vote on the measure Thursday.

According to the Butler County treasurer, Nancy Nix, Mahogany's owner, Trent Rogers, owed $3,938.88 in delinquent taxes on three separate parcels.

After inquiry to Mahogany's about the property taxes, the owner released a statement saying the business paid the taxes.

City councilman Chris Seelbach who planned to vote in favor of the grant, told FOX19 Thursday he was not aware of any issues of delinquent taxes in Butler County. Seelbach told FOX19 he will now need to look into the matter further before casting his vote.

Councilmember Chris Smitherman says he also just learned about the tax concerns and is working to find out more information about the background surrounding the tax delinquency.

One of the owners, Elizabeth Rogers, says she is a long time Butler County taxpayer.

She says she and her husband only realized a few weeks ago that they had taxes due.  Related Stories: