The Oregonian’s Google set to win new tax breaks in The Dalles, makes it obvious that with two new data centers on the drawing board, Google may have played Oregon to avoid paying taxes yet again.
Google may simply abandon their oldest building rather than pay all property taxes on it when their 15 years of tax breaks end soon. They could simply move their data center into a new building with a new 15-year property tax deal.
A Wasco county administrator told Oregonian report Mike Rogoway that “negotiators working on Google’s new Strategic Investment Program deal did not consider seeking any assurances from the company about the older data center, its operations or how it would be valued. We’re just strictly negotiating the SIP agreement”
You have to get to the end of the Oregonian article to get to that juicy bit.