Atmore supports tax-free holiday

Published 6:47 am Monday, July 31, 2006

By Staff
Our View
Residents of Alabama will be able to take advantage of the states first-ever sales tax holiday on Aug. 4, 5 and 6.
The holiday, which coincides with back-to-school shopping time, is expected to help parents get the most for their money.
Parent's however, are not the only ones who will benefit from the three-day tax relief.
A number of non-school related items are also included in the tax break bringing benefits to all shoppers.
And of course, this will in turn help our retailers by bringing more business to them.
According to the Department of Revenue, each city was given the option to participate in the sales tax free weekend by waiving their local sales tax as well.
Local government response has been tremendous as more than 200 cities or counties have decided to participate in the holiday.
Atmore graciously came on board with the state by waiving the cities local tax.
Atmore residents will not have to pay city or state taxes on purchases made next weekend, however, a county tax will still be implemented on purchases as the Escambia County Commission voted not to uphold the ruling.
This decision speaks bounds about our city government.
While the tax-break is beneficial to local families and businesses, the city will lose beneficial tax dollars that are allotted each year.
The mayor and council should be commended for their selfless act in helping Atmore citizens financially.

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