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posted May 29, 2014 - 9:54:21am
Florida residents can save money on preparing for summer storms during the upcoming 15-day sales-tax holiday for hurricane preparedness.
From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, May 31, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, June 8, retailers will not charge sales tax on flashlights, batteries, candles, weather-band radios, portable generators, tarpaulins and tiki torches, among other items that would come in handy in the event a hurricane blows into West Volusia.
The state expects to forego $20 million in sales-tax revenue during the event.
"This tax holiday will allow families to better protect and safeguard their homes during a storm,” Gov. Rick Scott said in announcing the tax holiday.
The various exempt items have maximum-price limits. A portable generator, for example, must cost $750 or less to be tax-free. Tarps and drop cloths must be priced at $50 or less.
Coolers, ice chests and reusable ice packs are also on the list.
The hurricane season in Florida runs June 1-Nov. 30. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center has said there is a 50 percent chance of below normal activity this year in the Atlantic Ocean.
NOAA predicts eight to 13 named storms in the Atlantic, with three to six of those hurricanes, and one or two of them major hurricanes.
The prediction of a slow season is no reason not to be prepared, officials said.
“And even though we expect El Niño to suppress the number of storms this season, it’s important to remember it takes only one landfalling storm to cause a disaster,” NOAA Administrator Dr. Kathryn Sullivan said.
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