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2015 Senate Bill 618: Exempt operators of “Pyramid” building from personal property tax
Introduced by Sen. Dave Hildenbrand (R) on November 10, 2015
To exempt the owners of a proposed “data center” to be located in the former Steelcase “Pyramid” building in Grand Rapids from having to pay "personal property taxes" levied on business tools and equipment. The bill is part of a package offering various tax breaks to this operation, consisting of Senate Bills 616 to 618 and House Bills 5074 to 5076; these are sponsored in the House by Democrat Andy Schor and Republicans Robert Verheulen and Ken Yonker, and in the Senate by Tanya Schuitmaker, Peter MacGregor and Dave Hildenbrand.
This is 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 Senate Michigan Competitiveness Committee on November 10, 2015
Reported in the Senate on December 3, 2015
With the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
To exempt the owners of internet data center companies from having to pay "personal property taxes" levied on business tools and equipment for the next 15 years. The bill originally applied only to the developers of proposed data center in the vacant “Pyramid” building near Grand Rapids, but was expanded to all companies in this particular business.
Received in the House on December 3, 2015
Referred to the House Tax Policy Committee on December 3, 2015
Reported in the House on December 9, 2015
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Referred to the House Tax Policy Committee on January 14, 2016

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