TAVARES — Lake County Emergency Management officials are urging residents to stock up on hurricane-preparation supplies during the sales-tax-free holiday that begins Friday, June 1.
The 12-day reprieve on local and state taxes includes important items needed for a disaster supply kit. One noticeable change from last year's sales-tax holiday is the increase in qualifying price for radios, two-way radios and weather radios. Instead of a qualifying price of $50, an additional $25 was added for purchases of radios. The legislative sponsors of the tax-free holiday bill were Sen. Carey Baker of Eustis and Rep. Peter Nehr of Tarpon Springs.
"After what our citizens experienced during the Feb. 2 tornadoes, I hope all residents, at the very least, take this opportunity to purchase a weather radio," said Jerry Smith, Director of the Lake County Emergency Management Division. "I would like to personally thank Sen. Baker for stressing the importance of weather radios and for his efforts in getting the price limit increased for this valuable disaster preparedness commodity."
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:
• Flashlights and other portable, self-powered light sources – $20 or less
• Portable radios, two-way radios and weather-band radios – $75 or less
• Tarps – $50 or less
• Gas or diesel fuel containers – $25 or less
• Batteries – $30 or less (AAA, AA, C and D cell, and 6 and 9 volt batteries)
• Non-electrical food storage coolers – $30 or less
• Portable generators – $1,000 or less
• Carbon monoxide detectors – $75 or less
• Storm shutter devices – $200 or less
For more information, call the Lake County Department of Public Safety, Emergency Management Division, at (352) 343-9420 or log on to www.lakecountyfl.gov, keyword: hurricane. For a complete list of items exempt from sales tax during the 2007 Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday, log on to www.floridadisaster.org.