Report: Washington, Oregon tops in data center tax breaks

first_imgPORTLAND — A study out this week finds that Oregon and Washington offer some of the most lucrative tax breaks in the nation to large data centers.Washington provided tax breaks worth $57.4 million to data centers in its last fiscal year, according to the report, which valued Oregon’s incentives at $33.7 million. Georgia was the only other state in that range, with incentives of $42 million in fiscal 2013.The findings come from Good Jobs First, an advocacy organization that tracks government spending on economic development. The report is critical of the data center incentives because server farms produce relatively few jobs — even a large facility might employ just a few dozen people.The report follows last month’s decision by Facebook to build a data center in New Mexico after officials in Utah split over granting the social networking company tax breaks it had been seeking there.The absence of a state sales tax coupled with property tax breaks on data centers’ computers make Oregon one of the most attractive destinations in the country for data centers. Google and Facebook each built their first corporate data centers in the state, and each has expanded considerably since.last_img

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