Estimates are that 2005 will be another active hurricane year with as many as 13 named storms. Now is the time to get ready.
For the first 12 days in June, the state will waive the sales tax on items deemed necessary for preparing for a hurricane. The complete list is:
(a) any portable self-powered light source selling for $20 or less.
(b) any portable self-powered radio, two-way radio, or weather band radio selling for $50 or less.
(c) any tarpaulin or other flexible waterproof sheeting selling for $50 or less.
(d) any self-contained first-aid kit selling for $30 or less.
(e) any ground anchor system or tie-down kit selling for $50 or less.
(f) any gas or diesel fuel tank selling for $25 or less.
(g) any package of AA-cell, c-cell, d-cell, 6-volt, or 9-volt batteries, excluding automobile and boat batteries, selling for $30 or less.
(h) any non-electric food storage cooler selling for $30 or less.
(i) any portable generator used to provide light or communications or preserve food in the event of a power outage selling for $750 or less.
The items will be sales tax free as long as they are purchased June 1, 2005 through June 12, 2005.