The city of Prineville passed a resolution Wednesay in support of a tax deal for a new Facebook data center.

Facebook already has two data centers inside Prineville city limits. The new agreement between the company and the city means they're likely to build a third.

The deal allows certain property taxes to be deferred for 15 years. In exchange, Facebook provides a lump sum payment to the city in lieu of taxes each year.

Prineville Mayor Betty Roppe said she's glad to have Facebook expand.

"They are increasing their business here. They're increasing the number of employees that they will have," said Roppe. "We will be receiving more revenue. It's something that is beneficial to the city."

Facebook would not yet confirm plans for the third data center, but the company sent OPB a brief statement on Wednesday's resolution:

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"Facebook very much appreciates today’s decisions by the Prineville City Council and Crook County Commission. We expect to make a final decision about a third building in Prineville by the end of the month.”

Roppe said she expects Facebook's building application to come through soon.

Central Oregon's climate and cost of land make the area an attractive choose for companies that need server storage. Since there's no sales tax in Oregon, companies have lower costs than in other states. And Oregon lets local governments give exemptions from property taxes.

"What we reap from having them here has been a blessing," said Roppe.

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