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Apple gets 15-year tax exemption for Oregon datacenter

updated 05:50 pm EDT, Fri April 20, 2012

Apple's Prineville, Oregon plant gets tax break

Apple has reached an agreement with the town of Prineville and Crook County in return for the placement of its Oregon datacenter. The deal will give Apple a 15-year property tax exemption. In return, it will have to invest $250 million in its 160 acres of land and promise at least 35 jobs at 150 percent higher than the county average.

Government in the area will additionally get a $150,000 yearly "project fee." Apple had already paid $5.6 million for the property itself.

The datacenter will be the second high profile one for Apple of its kind, following the building in Maiden, North Carolina. Like its existing counterpart, the Prineville location would be taking advantage both of the lower costs of a rural location as well as the option of potentially cheap, more eco-friendly power. Apple will likely draw on hydroelectric energy like similar server centers established in the area by Dell, Microsoft, and Yahoo.

Apple's servers are increasingly necessary as it makes iCloud, Siri, and remote streaming the cornerstones of its strategy.

by MacNN Staff



  1. facebook_

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    Joined: Apr 2012


    I usually hate companies who get tax exemptions

    At least the town and county gave Apple a few demands in exchange for a tax break. I wonder if a few good local jobs, land improvements, and a yearly check will make up for the lost tax revenue. Sounds like both sides got a good deal for once.

  1. David Esrati

    Joined: Dec 1969



    In 15 years, the data center will be worth next to nothing- and the town, will still be struggling- while the Worlds most valuable company- sitting on tons of cash- pays their top management ungodly sums- while the kids in that community still don't have laptops in schools.
    It's time to end all corporate welfare in this country.
    We have to stop coddling the companies that already buy our politicians if we ever want to be competitive again.

  1. Rapscallion

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not as bad...

    This isn't as bad as your local Walmart getting 18 years tax free.

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