Posted by Ben McAdams
September 15, 2016
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Salt Lake County is a strong supporter of and vigorous partner in economic development projects that result in good-paying jobs and an expanding economy. Unfortunately, the plan to bring a Facebook data center to West Jordan did not fit that bill. The proposal would have cost county taxpayers up to $3 million per job, including $94 million that the Jordan School District's taxing entity would have given up, diverting money from school building needs.
I stand by my decision to make public what would have been a bad deal for taxpayers. As a careful steward of tax dollars, it is my job to ensure every penny is spent in a way that promotes public safety and service delivery as well as supporting economic growth.
We look forward to promoting true and lasting economic development activities throughout the county that represent a fair deal to taxpayers, good paying jobs and sustainable economic growth.
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