Amazon.com Inc. plans to set up its second headquarters in northern Virginia after it is thrown in New York, he
will face the first test when local officials vote on a proposed financial package of about 51 million dollars
In November, Amazon chose National Landing, a site jointly owned by the Arlington and Alexandria counties, near Washington, along with New York for its so-called HQ2 or the second headquarters.
This happened after a one-year search that hundreds of municipalities, ranging from Newark, New Jersey to Indianapolis, competed for the desired tax dollars and high-paying work that the project promises.
In February, Amazon suddenly abandoned plans to build a part of its second headquarters in New York after opposition from local leaders who were upset by the incentives promised by state and city politicians.
Although the opposition in Arlington is still emerging, voting has become a political blow between project supporters and activist opponents. This gave local activists the opportunity to delay, so that the district proposal was reviewed and discussed further. The House of Arlington County Council members will vote on whether Amazon will receive $ 51
The Amazon also offered a package of $ 750 million approved by the Virginia General Assembly with a slight counteraction.
The voting scene on Saturday is likely to be different. It is expected that at least 100 members of local activist groups will take part in them. It is expected that the protests will begin at least an hour before the vote takes place at 1 am, reports Reuters.
$ 51 million includes a controversial direct financial incentive or cash aid of $ 23 million on Amazon for 15 years that will be levied on hotel room taxes in Arlington. The grant depends on the fact that Amazon occupies six million square meters of office space for the first 16 years.
Arlington also offered to invest about $ 28 million in 10 years of future revenue from property tax to infrastructure and open space at the head office.
The filing on the county committee website said that a grant of $ 23 million and $ 28 million in strategic investment in public infrastructure "contributed to the fact that Amazon chose Arlington for its headquarters."
A representative of the district declined to comment.
The chairman of the Arlington County Christian Dorsy publicly stated that he was "not interested" in postponing the ballot, did not hear any suggestions to do so from other members of the board, and expected this measure to be adopted.
25,000 new Amazon jobs will help offset more than 34,000 jobs that Arlington has lost since 2003 by shutting down federal agencies and other factors, as well as helping diversify the local economy, Jill Kerr spokeswoman said. "Our $ 2.5 billion investments will yield tax revenues of more than $ 3.2 billion that can be used for public services." Activists from "We, not the Amazon," a coalition of nine labor collectives and civic organizations working in areas such as minority propaganda, are not convinced.
Roshan Abraham, the organizer of our revolution Arlington, a member of the coalition, said that his group wants Amazon to cooperate more with the community, conduct public hearings on company investments, solve housing raising issues, move families with low incomes near the proposed site and donated funds to affordable housing.
"We are very worried about the fact that Amazon met behind closed doors, on invitation events, but did not meet with the public in a public, affordable way," he said.
Amazon said it met with many community leaders and residents, including local businesses, non-profit organizations, public and community associations, and will continue to collaborate with them, expanding their presence in Arlington.