WEST JORDAN, Utah (ABC4 Utah) The deal to bring a Facebook data center to West Jordan is dead. This comes after the Utah Board of Education voted to only approve the first phase of the project.
The board said giving more than a 75 percent property tax incentive would be too much, so they approved the first phase, with the intention that Facebook would have to get further approval for the next two phases.
Shortly after that meeting the City of West Jordan sent out a statement saying negotiations have been terminated.
“Effective immediately, all negotiations between the company known as Discus and the City of West Jordan are hereby terminated,” according to a statement released by the West Jordan Tuesday evening.
The board voted 10-3 to approve the vote with several amendments to the plan. Board member Stan Lockhart says giving up more than 75 percent would set a bad precedent. He blames negotiators for offering up too much in the original deal that wasn’t requested by Facebook.
“That came from another government entrant who made them that offer without talking to the other government entities. Without talking to the state board of education or the school district and made them an offer they never should have made,” said Stan Lockhart, board member.
Lockhart says all of the agencies should have been apart of the process to make the best deal that everyone could agree to. While he couldn’t give details Lockhart says other states…which is likely New Mexico..have made better offers than Utah.
Good4Utah’s Glen Beeby will have a breakdown of what this means coming up on ABC4 Utah news at 10. Stay will ABC4 Utah on this developing story.