Council approves incentives for Apple

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by MORGAN CHESKY / KVUE News

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Posted on March 22, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 22 at 9:42 PM

AUSTIN -- Thursday night Austin city council unanimously approved $8.6 million dollars in incentives to help Apple double its Austin offices.

That's only a chunk of the total package. Between the City of Austin, Travis County, and money from a state fund, Apple could get as much as $35 million in incentives. Travis County will now decide whether to provide $6 million dollars to the company.

City leaders said the chance at 3,600 jobs was too big to pass up.

"We have thousands of people who are unemployed or underemployed who are looking for jobs, or better jobs than they've got right now, to make a living wage," explained council member Bill Spelman. "I think we've got an obligation to make that available to them."

If Apple makes the move, it would make them the second largest private employer in Austin right behind Dell. The average salary for employees comes in at just over $64,000 a year.

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