Google tax deal opens door to $200 million data center in The Dalles
A new package of tax breaks announced late Thursday offers Google savings that could be worth hundreds of millions of dollars in exchange for investing at least $200 million to build a new data center in The Dalles.
The deal with the city and Wasco County goes beyond an agreement that covers Google’s two existing data centers on its riverfront site there and offers property tax exemptions potentially worth hundreds of millions of dollars to the company.
Though it guarantees just 10 new jobs and the $200 million investment, those totals could be somewhat higher given the size of Google’s current operations in The Dalles. The deal also provides a $1.2 million up-front payment to the city and county, and $800,000 annually after that.
The Dalles City Council will vote on the new deal Monday night, and the county commission takes it up Tuesday morning.