By Associated Press • 

Bills address tax question blamed for project delays

SALEM — An Oregon Senate committee on Monday is hearing two bills that try to settle tax uncertainty that some blame for delaying two high-tech Oregon projects.

Last week, an official with the online giant Amazon told lawmakers that the company could build many more data centers in Oregon if they address the property tax issue. Amazon official Eileen Sullivan encouraged the state to exempt data centers.

The Oregonian says state lawmakers have made the issue a priority this session.

Last fall, the state Supreme Court ruled in favor of Oregon counties who were fighting to hold onto $17 million in taxes paid by Comcast. Some said that ruling caused uncertainty about taxes on technology companies.

One bill before the Committee on Finance and Revenue would cap the tax and the other would exempt data centers.

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Information from: The Oregonian 

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