Emergency sales tax holiday is Feb. 22-24
by Chris Norwood
The cities of Childersburg, Lincoln, Oak Grove, Pell City, Sylacauga and Talladega, along with the state of Alabama and Talladega and St. Clair counties, are to take part in the second annual Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday.

The town of Waldo will not be participating, and St. Clair County will not be waiving the 1-cent school tax during the event.

The holiday takes place between midnight Friday and midnight Sunday, Feb. 22-24.

According to a press release from Beverley Reynolds of Talladega County Emergency Management Agency, “During this holiday time period, shoppers will be given the opportunity to purchase certain severe weather preparedness items free of state sales tax. Local sales tax may apply. Talladega County EMA encourages all citizens to stock up on essential supplies needed before, during and after severe weather.”

The release says that items covered under the holiday include AAA-cell batteries, AA-cell batteries, C-cell batteries, D-cell batteries, 6-volt batteries, 9-volt batteries, cellular phone batteries, cellular phone chargers, portable self-powered or battery-powered radios, two-way radios, weather band radios or NOAA weather radios, portable self-powered light sources, including battery-powered flashlights, lanterns or emergency glow sticks, tarpaulin, plastic sheeting, plastic drop cloths, other flexible, waterproof sheeting, ground anchor system, such as bungee cords or rope, or tie down kits, duct tape, plywood, window film or other materials specifically designed to protect window coverings, non-electric food storage coolers or water storage containers, non-electric can openers, artificial ice, blue ice, ice packs, reusable ice, self-contained first aid kits, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, gas or diesel fuel tanks or containers.

Portable generators and power cords used to provide light, communications or to preserve food in the event of a power outage must cost $1,000 or less. Other exempt items must cost $60 or less each.

“Thanks to all municipalities within Talladega County for supporting the severe weather preparedness sales tax holiday,” Reynolds said in the release.

Contact Chris Norwood at cnorwood@dailyhome.com.

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