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GADSDEN COUNTY LEADERS ENCOURAGE CITIZENS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF STATE'S HURRICANE SEASON SALES TAX HOLIDAY

GADSDEN COUNTY LEADERS ENCOURAGE CITIZENS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF STATE’S HURRICANE SEASON SALES TAX HOLIDAY
Florida Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Ends Today


GADSDEN COUNTY, FL. – Today, Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Anthony O. Viegbesie, Ph. D and Director of Emergency Management Maj. Shawn Wood informed Gadsden County citizens that it is still time to take advantage of the state’s 2020 Hurricane Season Sales Tax Holiday. The Sales Tax Holiday ends today at 11:59 p.m.

Tropical Depression Cristobal is strengthening in the Gulf of Mexico and could hit the U.S. later this weekend. Most projections call for landfall in Louisiana, but a few models put Cristobal farther east into Florida’s Panhandle.

“The COVID-19 Pandemic that our country is experiencing coupled with an unexpected hurricane could lead to dire consequences if we are not prepared and storm ready,” Chairman Viegbesie said.

Everyone who resides in Gadsden County must have a hurricane plan in place for the welfare and safety of their lives. I strongly encourage Gadsden Countians to take advantage of the Hurricane Sales Tax Holiday while there is still time and buy the necessary supplies to be storm ready.”

COVID-19 supplies differ from storm supplies. When preparing a disaster supply kit, this year, residents should consider having additional supplies such as hand sanitizer, face masks, and disinfectant wipes to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“It’s important to have supplies that can be stored away in case of an emergency, and this year, it’s more important than ever to have seven days of supplies ready for hurricane season,” Maj. Wood said.

The following items are Tax-Free Hurricanes Supplies (exempt from sales tax):

Selling for $10 or less:

  • Reusable ice (reusable ice packs)

Selling for $20 or less:

  • Any portable self-powered light source (powered by battery, solar, hand-crank or gas)
    • Candles
    • Flashlights
    • Lanterns

Selling for $25 or less:

  • Any gas or diesel fuel container, including LP gas and kerosene containers

 Selling for $30 or less:

  • Batteries, including rechargeable batteries, only these sizes:
    • AAA-cell
    • AA-cell
    • C-cell
    • D-cell
    • 6-volt
    • 9-volt
  • Coolers and ice chests (food storage; nonelectrical)

Selling for $50 or less:

  • Bungee cords
  • Ground anchor systems
  • Radios (powered by battery, solar or hand-crank)
  • Two-way
  • Weather band
  • Ratchet straps
  • Tarpaulins (tarps)
  • Tie-down kits
  • Visqueen, plastic sheeting, plastic drop cloths, and other flexible waterproof sheeting

Selling for $750 or less:

  • Portable generators used to provide light or communications or to preserve food in the event of a power outage.
For more information on what to have in a disaster supply kit, please click here. The 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season began on June 1 and lasts until November 30. To develop a plan for hurricane season, please visit FloridaDisaster.org/PlanPrepare.


For more information on qualifying items, please visit FloridaRevenue.com/DisasterPrep.

 

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