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Amazon eyes location in Hillsborough County

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RUSKIN, FL (WFLA) -

The Hillsborough County Commission is expected to vote on $6 million in tax incentives for internet retail giant, Amazon.com. The board will consider the proposal during a meeting Wednesday morning.

Amazon is considering a location in southwest Hillsborough County to build an online fulfillment center. The one million square foot facility would bring 3,000 jobs to the area. About 375 of those jobs are higher quality jobs, bringing a salary of $47,581. The location under consideration is at the South Shore Corporate Park near State Road 674 and Interstate 75.

Commissioner Sandra Murman supports the idea.

"We have a great workforce alliance here that will train the workers if they need to be trained," Murman said. "We just offer a good quality of life here."

Murman said the location, near Ruskin, also offers numerous homes for employees to live, so they could be close to work.

"They can work close to Amazon. There's a lot of recreation in the area, too. We have lots of parks. We have beaches," she said.

But if Amazon does open in Florida, it would come at a cost to customers. Amazon would then be required to collect sales tax from Floridians. But John Fleming of the Florida Retail Association said that's not a tax increase, it's just the sales tax customers would normally be paying.

"Good news for retail in the state of Florida, it means another major retailer has chose to locate in our state," Fleming said. "It's growth in the retail industry and it's a sign that Florida is a good place to do business."

If the county commission approves the incentives, it will be up for a final vote on July 17. Amazon is expected to open in Florida sometime next year.

 

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