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2015 House Bill 5075: Exempt developers of Steelcase “Pyramid” building from sales tax
Introduced by Rep. Ken Yonker R-Caledonia on November 10, 2015
To exempt from sales tax the purchase of specified business equipment by the developers of a proposed “data center” to be located in the former Steelcase “Pyramid” building in Grand Rapids, including computers, servers, construction materials, infrastructure, machinery, wiring, cabling, devices, tools, vehicles, technology, software, hardware and more.
Related bills (Senate bill 618 and 5076) would exempt the owners of this operations from having to pay property tax, and represent the second time in two years that legislators from western Michigan have sought to grant special contracts or tax breaks related to this building, which is reportedly considered a "white elephant" and worth a fraction of its 1989 cost to build.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Tax Policy Committee on November 10, 2015
Reported in the House on December 2, 2015
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Referred to the House Tax Policy Committee on January 14, 2016