Apple, C. Ore. officials make data center tax deal

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PRINEVILLE, Ore. (AP) -- Apple Inc. has agreed to pay local governments $150,000 a year and get a 15-year property tax exemption for the data center it is developing in Central Oregon.

In an agreement with Prineville and Crook County, Apple also commits to 35 jobs at the center, paying the workers at least 150 percent of the county's average wage and investing $250 million in its 160 acres of land.

The Bend Bulletin reports (http://bit.ly/HVjVK1 ) the city of Prineville and Crook County will have to work out how to split the $150,000 payment called a "project fee."

The development is the latest in the Central Oregon data center boom.

Last year, Facebook opened a data center near the Apple site. Amazon has a data center near Boardman. Google has one near The Dalles.

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Information from: The Bulletin, http://www.bendbulletin.com