Apple’s upcoming “global command center” for its online operations in Mesa, Arizona, could potentially be the beneficiary of up to 20 years’ worth of tax breaks. The news surfaces thanks to new rules proposed by the state legislature. Republican Senator Jeff Dial believes Arizona’s law, which he hopes to clarify with a new bill, would allow Apple to qualify for at least 10 years’ worth of equipment tax breaks with some of the benefits stretching to 20 years. The tax breaks supposedly fall under the category of “sustainable redevelopment projects” according to the Phoenix Business Journal.

Furthermore, legislators are reportedly adjusting the energy tax breaks that were previously granted to Apple when the facility was originally intended for producing sapphire. The credits were announced in 2013 when the previous Governor, Jan Brewer, touted Apple’s presence as a major economic driver for the state of Arizona. Local government was given additional incentives when the use of the land owned by Apple and others in Mesa was designated as a foreign trade zone. This would shave as much as 70% off the company’s annual property tax bill.

As some of you probably already know, it has been one strange trip for the Mesa, Arizona plant. Operations were originally intended for GTAT to use the space for sapphire production but after the company had filed for bankruptcy, Apple vowed to repurpose the facilities it had already build there. The plans were revealed shortly after when Apple announced that it was building a $2 billion green data center in Mesa. The facility is said to employ roughly 150 full-time employees and will serve as the control center for Apple’s four other US based data operations.

The upcoming “global command center” will be powered by 100% renewable energy, most of which will be coming from a new local solar farm. Construction on the facility is expected to stat by late 2016. Until then, the facility still houses furnaces purchased by GTAT and Apple for creating sapphire. At the moment, the furnaces are being liquidated as part of GTAT’s bankruptcy proceedings.

The move overall could really help Apple save money within the US.

Source: Phoenix Business Journal