At least two Dale County cities are participating in Alabama’s annual Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday from Friday, Feb. 22, through Sunday, Feb. 24.
Both Daleville and Newton town councils signed ordinances in favor of waiving the cities’ sales taxes this weekend for supplies that would qualify for emergency preparedness. The state’s sales tax will also be waived.
According to the Alabama Department of Revenue, items include duct tape and batteries, first aid kits and items like fire extinguishers and other preparation tools.
Hurricane season runs from June through November each year.
Several cities opted not to participate in the sales tax holiday, as much of the sales tax is allotted to local schools.
Newton Mayor Lehman Irby said the council considered the holiday as a way to give back to the community. In the past, the town has been among those in the Wiregrass that experience significant flooding.
“We’ve got some stores here that sell certain items but I don’t know that it would bring any revenue to the town because the sales tax won’t be charged,” he said. “But by participating, it is just our way of giving back to the citizens by giving them a break in preparing.”