Gary Herbert

Utah quiet on whether Facebook data project still alive

Utah's Gov. Gary Herbert said Wednesday that a Salt Lake City suburb's efforts to entice a new Facebook data center with millions of dollars in tax breaks may have ended, and local officials declined comment on whether they are still trying to lure the center.

An initial plan to give Facebook about $240 million in tax breaks fell apart late last month after local leaders, including Salt Lake County's mayor and county council, said the offer was too generous.

After the state school board agreed the package was pricey, city officials in West Jordan said on Aug. 23 it that they would end negotiations because they could not compete with tax breaks offered by Los Lunas, New...