Apple expresses its opposition to a proposal in Cupertino that would tax large companies as themselves based on the number of employees. In a letter sent to the Cupertino Council, Apple appealed to its investments in the Cupertino economy, as well as efforts to reduce traffic problems and more …
In the letter, obtained by SF Gate Apple VP VP Kristina Raspe pointed out various things Apple has done throughout Cupertino, including sidewalk and crosswalk improvements and more. Raspe also promised that Apple would continue to work with Cupertino on transport improvement.
Apple touts that it has contributed more than $ 70 million in "public benefits" through the completion of the headquarters in Apple Park. It also says that it had many options for the location of Apple Park, but wanted to live in Cupertino:
"When we decided where we were to build our new headquarters, we had many alternatives, but worked hard to make sure land to build in Cupertino wrote Raspe in his letter.
Furthermore, Raspe writes in the letter that more than 25 percent of the workforce uses "alternative transport options" as part of the company's efforts to help improve traffic load through Cupertino:  Raspe said that Apple has been working to reduce traffic, with over 25 percent of its employees using "alternative transport options." In her note, she said that Apple is committed to working with the city and other regional partners to look for transport solutions in areas like Highway 85 and Stevens Creek Boulevard.
"In order for Cupertino and Apple to thrive, we must work together on both long-term and short-term solutions that will flow to our citizens and employees more efficiently and efficiently, "Raspe wrote.
However, Councilman Barry Chang says that Apple's commitments are a good step, but not enough. "It's good that Apple is willing to work together, but it's not specific (enough)," said Chang.
According to SF Gate, the Cupertino Council will vote for the employee's main tax proposal on Tuesday evening. It can increase up to $ 10 million, estimates show. However, the proposal is not expected to be in November.
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