The Washington House has passed a bill that would give an aerospace firm a sales tax refund to build an airplane maintenance center at Boeing Field.

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OLYMPIA — The Washington House has passed a bill that would give an aerospace company a sales tax refund to build an airplane maintenance center in King County if the center creates at least 100 high-paying jobs after opening.

House Bill 2839 passed on an 84-13 vote Friday, and will now head to the Senate for consideration.

The exemption would go to Gateway USA, which hopes to build an airplane service facility at Boeing Field. The bill’s sponsor Rep. Larry Springer, D-Kirkland, said without the exemption the company would likely build in Oregon, a state with no sales tax.

To claim the refund, the company would have to create at least 100 jobs that average a salary of $80,000 a year, four years after the repair station opens.

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