PRINEVILLE, OR -- The Prineville City Council and the Crook County Commissioners approved Facebook’s request for Enterprise Zone Status for an expansion project, late Wednesday. Crook County Commissioner Seth Crawford tells KBND, “What that entails is a 15-year tax break, and the company needs to spend a minimum of $200 million, hire not less than 10 people at no less than 1.5-times the average income of Crook County and pay, in lieu of taxes, $190,000 a year in grants."
Crawford adds, “I’m ecstatic. Facebook has been an amazing partner. In addition to their in lieu of tax dollars they’re also putting a hundred-thousand-plus into our community through grant processes. The infrastructure they’ve brought to our community lined us up so we’re able to attract other data centers."
Facebook representatives attended both special meetings, but did not announce a timeline for the expansion project.