Previously last month, the State of Texus had revealed that Apple would be making a huge overhaul in their existing customer support and also administrative campus in Austin, while investing over $300 million in adding 3,600 workers at this site shown below. This step would be increasing the workforce in Austin by over double for Apple.
In the past few weeks, a few governmental agencies which includes the State of Texas, Travis County, and also the City of Austin have already been working on certain tax break packages that are designed to secure the commitment made by Apple in bringing new jobs to Austin. As most of these incentive packages have already been improved, it has been reported by Austin American-Statesman that the delays are in work by Travis County which are leaving Apple quite pissed off and the deal being “in the works” for now.
Dave Porter, senior vice president for economic development at the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, said Thursday that Apple’s plans to bring its Americas operations center to Austin are up in the air because of the county’s continuing deliberations and calls for new conditions on its incentives deal with the company.
“This deal is not done. It remains in peril. And Apple is frustrated,” Porter said.
It was expected of Travis County to offer newer tax breaks that consisted of $5.4-6.4 million as being a part of the incentive package overall, being $35-36 million over the next 10-15 years apparently, as Travis County had to actually give approval initially to approve their portion of the deal sometime earlier this current month, though it still has to be finalized apparently.
These delays are in relation to the raised denials made by the opponents in the deal, whom have already claimed that these terms of the deal are way too favorable for Apple and it may see the company avoiding any penalties if it actually fails in meeting some of the terms of the contract.
It had been said by Apple that they would also be choosing Phoenix, Arizona as a location that was potential for their newer facilities aswell, as it actually seems likely that the company would actually rather prefer to locate their newest facility in Austin instead, which is likely to continue in weighing the options in until a deal is made final for the Austin site to be signed through.