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Be prepared without paying sales tax

If you’ve been waiting for a good time to stock up on batteries or to invest in a generator, the next few days may be it.

From May 25 through 31, consumers can purchase hurricane preparedness items without paying sales tax. The following items, worth $60 or less, are exempt:

  • Artificial ice, blue ice, ice packs and reusable ice 
  • Batteries (excluding automobile or boat batteries), including AAA, AA, C, D, 6 volt, 9 volt and cell phone batteries
  • Any portable self-powered light sources including flashlights, lanterns and glow sticks
  • Tarpaulins, plastic sheeting, plastic drop cloths, and other flexible waterproof sheeting 
  • Bungee cords, rope 
  • Ground anchor systems or tie down kits 
  • Ratchet straps 
  • Duct tape 
  • Carbon monoxide detectors 
  • Smoke detectors and fire extinguishers 
  • Gas or diesel fuel tanks or containers 
  • Water storage containers 
  • Nonelectric food storage coolers 
  • Bottled water 
  • Manual can openers 
  • Portable self-powered radios (including self-powered radios with electrical power capability); two-way radios, weather band radios and NOAA weather radios
  • Cell phone chargers 
  • First aid kits 

Portable generators and generator power cords, along with inverters and inverter power cables, can be purchased without tax if they cost $1,000 or less.

More info  is available at these Websites: