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Gilbert School District OKs Apple Tax Break
GILBERT, Ariz. (AP) — A Phoenix-area school board has signed off on a property tax break for a manufacturing plant planned by Apple Inc.
The Gilbert Unified School District board is now the eighth and final governmental units whose approval was necessary to extend a foreign trade zone to include the plant's site.
The unanimous vote Monday evening took place a week after the five-member board deadlocked on the issue.
At that time, two members voiced support, two expressed opposition and a fifth was undecided.
Rejection of the property tax break could have put Apple's selection of the site located in Mesa at risk.
The project involves converting a now-vacant First Solar Inc. building into a plant that will be used by an Apple supplier.