Google, Inc. , which built its first new data center in The Dalles in 2006, wants to expand here by adding a large new building, and it’s looking for a 15-year tax exemption on the new construction, as it did on the original construction.
On July 22 Design, LLC (i.e. Google) applied for a 15-year tax exemption for a new building and contents at its current campus at the Port of The Dalles. The building would be 166,350 square feet, the company would invest a minimum of $200 million and create a minimum of 10 new jobs. Until now, negotiations have been confidential
The complete information on what Google offers is in the attached PDF. Public comment and a vote are planned for The Dalles City Council meeting Monday, Sept 23 at 5:30. Wasco County will consider similar testimony and vote in a special meeting Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 8:30 a.m.
Here’s a quick summary.
Google would make an initial fee of $1.2 million
- $400,000 to Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue
- $100,000 to Northern Wasco Park and Recreation District
- $426,825 retirement of the Discovery Center debt
- $118,651 Union Street undercrossing
- $92,541 to Col Gorge regional airport
Thereafter, once building is complete and would have gone on tax rolls, will pay an annual fee of $800,000 per year for 15 years, divided this way:
- $280,000 to city (35%)
- $280,000 to county (35%)
- $240,000 to North Wasco County School District #21 (30%)
The City of The Dalles plans on splitting its amount up:
- $75,000 to Columbia Gorge Community College that has to be spent in TD, no backfill
- $90,000 Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue
- $34,000 MCF&R for internship program to help staff Colum bia View Heights station
- $56,000 to retire $580,000 construction cost for training tower