Google gets OK for local tax breaks

FILE - This undated photo provided by Google shows a Google technician working on some of the computers in the Dalles, Ore., data center. (AP Photo/Google, Connie Zhou)
FILE - This undated photo provided by Google shows a Google technician working on some of the computers in the Dalles, Ore., data center. (AP Photo/Google, Connie Zhou)

THE DALLES, Ore. (AP) — Local officials have unanimously approved property tax breaks for a new Google data center in The Dalles along the Columbia River.

The Oregonian reports that Wasco County commissioners voted in favor of tax breaks Tuesday, while The Dalles city council approved the deal Monday night.

Google already operates two data centers on its riverfront property in The Dalles.

The company scheduled a groundbreaking for Thursday morning.

The 15-year deal exempts the new building and the equipment inside from property taxes. Google says it will invest at least $200 million in the new data center and add a minimum of 10 jobs.

The company is expected to make a $1.2 million up-front payment to the city and county, and then pay $800,000 annually.

– Information from The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com

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