Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/28/2012 03:51:48 PM PDT
SAN BERNARDINO – City officials are not yet formally negotiating a sales-tax agreement with Amazon as the Internet retailer prepares to open a distribution center here, but the company has broached the subject of tax concessions.
“We had one meeting, several months ago. This was mentioned, and it’s never been mentioned again,” said mayoral chief of staff Jim Morris, son of Mayor Pat Morris.
An Amazon spokesman, however, left the door open for the firm to seek a tax-sharing deal.
“We are evaluating various incentives routinely provided to other retailers but have made no decisions,” Amazon spokesman Scott Stanzel said.
Stanzel said he could not make any further statements on the record.
Amazon calls the facility a “fulfillment center,” a place where it would warehouse goods for delivery to online customers. The company is expected to occupy a 950,000-square-foot distribution center this fall at the Alliance California complex near San Bernardino International Airport.
The retailer’s move into the center, and another in Stanislaus County, is part of a deal Amazon made with Gov. Jerry Brown. The agreement calls for Amazon to build California warehouses employing at least 10,000 people on a full-time basis and 25,000 more on a seasonal basis by the end of 2015.
In exchange, Amazon received a one-year delay to collect sales taxes in California.
The Los Angeles Times reported earlier this month that San Bernardino officials were working on tax incentives that would let Amazon keep as much as 80 percent of tax revenues that would go to the city.
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