Originally posted to Data Center Frontier by Rich Miller.

Officials in Prince William County in Northern Virginia are considering a tax hike that could triple the rate that data centers pay on computer equipment, hoping to offset a potential hike in county taxes and fees. The move comes as the data center market in Prince William is gaining major traction, as the industry expands beyond “Data Center Alley” in nearby Loudoun County.

The tax hike discussion appears to reflect tensions from public controversies over additional power lines to support future data center development. In recent years, Prince William County has sought to craft policies to court the data center industry.

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