TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Hillsborough County is giving financial incentives to Internet retailer Amazon.com to build a distribution center.
County commissioners unanimously approved the package at a meeting Wednesday.
"They have proven to be a good corporate partner in the communities where they operate," Commissioner Victor Crist said.
The 1-million-square-foot, $200 million warehouse in Ruskin will create about 1,000 jobs, officials said. Of the 1,000 jobs, 375 would be "higher-wage quality jobs," according to the county, with average annual pay of $47,581.
According to the Tampa Bay Times (http://goo.gl/DDnpQ ), Amazon would get rebates from the county amounting to $600 per worker, while the state would provide incentives totaling another $2,400 per worker. The county's incentive payments to Amazon would be spread over four years and begin only after the facility is built and occupied.
Gov. Rick Scott and Amazon announced a deal last week in which Amazon would create a total of 3,000 new jobs in Florida by 2016. With a physical presence in the state, Florida residents would have to start paying a 6 percent sales tax on items bought through the website. Crist said that could mean hundreds of millions of dollars for state and local governments.
Next month, Hillsborough County commissioners will discuss reducing the company's county property taxes by 50 percent for seven years after the warehouse is operating. That would amount to a $913,000 savings for the company, although taxes paid to the Hillsborough schools would not be reduced.
Information from: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.), http://www.tampabay.com.
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