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Utah Residents get to pay for your Tyranny!

Spy center could be exempt from utility tax under new bill

SALT LAKE CITY — One of Utah's largest energy users might not have to pay a utility tax.

Utah lawmakers are considering exempting the National Security Agency's Utah Data Center from the tax that would bring $6 million a year to the state.

Rep. Jerry Stevenson, R-Layton, said the state agreed to not impose the tax as a condition of the NSA constructing the 1.6 million-square-foot facility in Bluffdale.

"We need to adhere to the commitment that we made," Stevenson said Tuesday on the Senate floor.

His bill, SB45, would allow the state's Military Installation Development Authority to waive the utility tax. The Legislature previously created the authority to develop property on and next to military bases. The authority's board has the power to impose franchise taxes, much like cities do.

Several senators said they couldn't support the bill because the Legislature did not negotiate the agreement, which Stevenson said he believes was verbal and not written.

"I don’t remember that I made any commitment to giving tax subsidies to a spy center," said Sen. Wayne Harper, R-West Jordan.

“We need to adhere to the commitment that we made.”
–Rep. Jerry Stevenson, R-Layton

The $1.5 billion data center, which opened last fall, is estimated to consume $40 million in electricity annually and could require as much as 1.7 million gallons of water per day to cool its supercomputers. It employs about 200 people.

Noting the center is one of the state's biggest energy users, Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake City, said, "I just don't see why we want to give up this local money from the federal government."


As a Utah resident, I am happy to sacrifice my tax money and higher utility payments for your safety. Now I every time I pay my power bill, I can think of shredding yet another little piece off the Constitution. Luckily this was based on some backdoor verbal agreement because, you know questioning any of this BS will make me a Conspiracy Theorist...

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