Severe Weather Preparedness Tax Holiday

Published 02/20 2014 08:16PM

Updated 02/20 2014 08:32PM

Shoppers can take advantage of the Severe Weather Preparedness Tax Holiday weekend by purchasing batteries, flashlights, first aid kits and other emergency items.
Shoppers can take advantage of the Severe Weather Preparedness Tax Holiday weekend by purchasing batteries, flashlights, first aid kits and other emergency items.

Things like batteries, flashlights and some of the cheapest generators can cost an arm and a leg.

 

But when severe weather hits and the lights go out, some might give an arm and a leg to get those things.

 

The state started the Severe Weather Preparedness Tax Holiday weekend two years ago to help people stock up on these items in advance.

 

But some cities and counties, like Dothan and Houston County, don't participate.

 

"Our taxes at the county level, most of which go to education, we just didn't feel like we needed to be in a position to take money away from education," said Houston County Commission Chairman Mark Culver.

 

Not everyone is happy about the non-participation.

 

"I think we should participate in tax free weekend.  New taxes are what we don't need," Dothan resident James Holmes said.

 

And there are those who ask, "Why should it matter?"

 

"It really doesn't affect me that much.  I would really rather the money go into our education fund if that's where it would come out of," said Donna Hatfield, another Dothan resident.

 

We asked if there were any future plans for the county to change its position on the matter.

 

"I don't think so.  I think this is the third or fourth year of this sales tax holiday. We've just chosen to participate in the education holiday, but not in this one,” Culver said.

 

As for now, county officials say Dothan and Houston County can enjoy a 4% sales tax savings this weekend. 


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