By DON FLETCHER
News Staff Writer
Alabama’s 10th severe weather preparedness sales tax holiday will begin at 12:01 a.m. Friday, February 26, and will continue through midnight Sunday, February 28.
During the holiday period, Escambia County residents will be able to save up to 8 percent (9 in one local community) on common supplies that cost less than $60 and can be used in every home and business to prepare for storms and other inclement weather.
Generators costing $1,000 or less can be purchased free of the state’s four-percent sales tax — and the local sales tax of participating cities — during the three-day tax moratorium.
Eligible items include batteries of all sizes, weather radios, tarps, plywood and more. Visit alabamaretail.org/alabamasalestaxholidays for a complete list of eligible items.
Atmore is participating in the holiday, which means shoppers will avoid the 8-percent state and local levy on eligible items. Those same savings are available in Brewton.
Those who shop in East Brewton, which has an 11 percent sales tax rate, will be able to pare 9 percent off purchases (5 percent local, 4 percent state).
Flomaton, which recently raised its sales tax rate to 11 percent, is not listed as a participating city, and Escambia County will collect its 2 percent cut of all sales within the county’s borders.