Google will add new building in The Dalles, applies for new 15-year tax deal

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

  1. $400,000 to Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue
  2. $100,000 to Northern Wasco Park and Recreation District
  3. $426,825 retirement of the Discovery Center debt
  4. $118,651 Union Street undercrossing
  5. $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:

  1. $280,000 to city (35%)
  2. $280,000 to county (35%)
  3. $240,000 to North Wasco County School District #21 (30%)

The City of The Dalles plans on splitting its amount up:

  1. $75,000 to Columbia Gorge Community College that has to be spent in TD, no backfill
  2. $90,000 Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue
  3. $34,000 MCF&R for internship program to help staff Colum bia View Heights station
  4. $56,000 to retire $580,000 construction cost for training tower

2 Responses to “Google will add new building in The Dalles, applies for new 15-year tax deal”

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  1. Robert says:

    If they do move forward I would urge the community to encourage Google, Design LLC., County Commmissioners, and City Councilors to require that Oregon and Wasgington craftsman be hired to build this project. Not Colorado residents!!

  2. David says:

    If you want to create jobs leg wal-mart build. 10 jobs from google big deal wal-mart will create a hundred. 10 jobs for a big tax break really no wonder the Dalles is going nowhere..

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