Sales Tax Holiday gives taxpayers a needed break

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 6, 2006

Founding Father Benjamin Franklin once said that the only two certainties in life are &#8220death and taxes.”

But at least for three days in August, Alabama's taxpayers will receive a little relief from the latter.

This morning, the Butler County Commission will hold a special called meeting at the Courthouse Annex to vote on whether or not the county will participate in the state's Sales Tax Holiday that will be held in August.

The three-day sales tax holiday officially starts on Friday, Aug. 4, at 12:01 a.m., and ends at midnight on Sunday, Aug. 6.

The holiday applies to the following items:

n Clothing costs up to $100 per item.

n Computers, software, and computer supplies costing up to $750 per item.

n School supplies and textbooks up to $40 per item.

n Other books up to $30 each.

The sales tax holiday is expected to save Alabama consumers $3.3 million annually.

We hope the commissioners will cast their lots with the city of Greenville and other surrounding municipalities who recently decided to join in the holiday, giving their own taxpayers a much-needed and welcome three-day break from taxes prior to the start of the school year.