Okay so here is the gist of an article I read on KTVZ (Central Oregon’s News Leader).
- Facebook built a data center in a city called Prineville because they were promised tax breaks.
- Then Oregon lawmakers enacted a ruling that would tax them more like a utility company.
- Facebook was upset.
- Now the lawmakers are trying to change this.
- But the Governor says it is not a priority until 2013.
The Department of Revenue said Thursday it will change its rules so data centers like Facebook’s are assessed by local tax authorities, not by the state.
But many believe that Facebook will want more certainty and that a bill should be passed to exclude them as a utility company but the Governor does not seem to want to deal with it.
Gov. John Kitzhaber says tax laws should be updated to reflect modern technology but there won’t be time for such a complex issue until 2013.
So the mentality of Liberals shine. They see a business making money so they want to tax it! But businesses move wherever they want. Jobs should be the #1 priority for Oregon, not taxes. Powell Butte will be pressing ahead with legislation to keep Facebook from being taxed as a utility company. So we shall see.
I especially liked some of the comments I saw on the article.
terrebonne: If this can’t make the top ten most important legislative items on the agenda and get dealt with this year, shame on us
melhornh: It is about time Oregon has come to it’s senses, right now jobs are the issue and you can not create jobs by running businesses out of the state like they do in California.
Darren Hill: Facebook coming into our community will mean more jobs and tax money for the state in general. I wish they would encourage more businesses to come here utilizing similar methods. It’s a trickle down effect and will end up boosting our local economy in the long run.