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For immediate release - May 25, 2005

County encourages employees, residents to develop disaster supply kits with the help of sales tax holiday

TAVARESLake County Emergency Management officials are urging its employees and residents to take advantage of the sales tax holiday for hurricane-preparation supplies that begins Wednesday, June 1.

Approved by Gov. Jeb Bush this week, the 12-day reprieve on local and state taxes includes important items needed for a family disaster supply kit. When a hurricane strikes, families may not have time to shop or search for supplies. Stockpiling these needed resources for a supply kit in advance can prepare families to cope with an emergency when it occurs.

“Being prepared for hurricane season can protect property and save lives,” said Gov. Bush. “I hope this tax benefit will encourage Floridians to ready themselves, their families, homes and businesses for the 2005 hurricane season.”

According to a state news release, Florida taxpayers will save approximately $10 million during the upcoming sales tax holiday. Under the legislation, no state or local sales tax will be collected on certain hurricane-preparedness items from 12:01 a.m. June 1 through midnight June 12. Items exempt from sales tax during this period include:

  • Portable generators less than $750;
  • Radios, two-way radios, weather-band radios, tarpaulins, flexible waterproof sheeting, ground-anchor systems and tie-down kits less than $50;
  • AA, C, D, 6-volt and 9-volt batteries less than $30 (excludes automobile and boat batteries, as well as AAA batteries);
  • Coolers or ice chests less than $30 (electrical coolers are still taxable);
  • Gas or diesel fuel containers less than $25; and
  • Portable self-powered lights, battery-operated flashlights, battery or gas-powered lanterns or candles selling for less than $20

During the hurricane-preparedness tax holiday, sales of three other items needed for a disaster supply kit, bottled water, non-perishable food and toiletries, are excluded. Families should also stockpile these resources in their disaster supply kits.

Footwear, clothing, books and certain accessories are still taxable. Florida lawmakers have approved a separate sales tax holiday for footwear, clothing, certain accessories and books during the last nine days of July. Florida has provided sales tax holidays on footwear, clothing and certain accessories in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2004.

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Contact information:
Christopher Patton
Communications Coordinator
Office: (352) 343-9609; Cell: (352) 455-0445
cpatton@co.lake.fl.us

 
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