Apple in Arizona: Gilbert Public Schools to vote on possible Apple tax break Monday night

GILBERT, AZ - The Gilbert Public School Board votes Monday night on whether to approve a tax break for Apple.

Apple announced earlier this month plans to move into the Valley. They want to purchase the currently vacant First Solar building in east Mesa.

The company would pump $1 billion in improvements into the facility and in exchange the tech. company wants a lower percentage assessed for tax.

That lower tax would still significantly increase tax revenues, but it has members of Gilbert Public Schools concerned.

Eight government entities must approve the plan and the Gilbert board is the only one that has not approved the plan.

The board is split with two members in support and two adamantly opposing it. The swing vote is uncertain.

Apple's relocation would result in 2000 jobs in manufacturing and construction. Seven hundred of the jobs would be permanent high tech positions.

The vote takes place at 7 p.m. at the Gilbert Public School Administrative offices.

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