Hurricane supplies tax free this weekend

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Hurricane season began Thursday, and this weekend you can stock up on supplies without having to pay sales tax.

The 2017 hurricane season is projected to be a busy one. It’s not a time to take chances. When it comes to hurricanes, the old adage “better safe than sorry” certainly applies.

This year’s disaster preparedness sales tax holiday begins Friday, June 2 and runs through Sunday, June 4. During that time qualifying items related to disaster preparedness are exempt from sales tax.

Here’s the full list of qualifying items:

 Selling for $10 or less:

  • Reusable ice (reusable ice packs)

Selling for $20 or less:

  • Any portable self-powered light source (powered by battery, solar, hand-crank, or gas) Flashlights Lanterns Candles
  • Flashlights
  • Lanterns
  • Candles

Selling for $25 or less:

  • Any gas or diesel fuel container, including LP gas and kerosene containers

Selling for $30 or less:

  • Batteries, including rechargeable batteries, listed sizes only (excluding automobile and boat batteries): AA-cell C-cell D-cell 6-volt 9-volt
  • AA-cell
  • C-cell
  • D-cell
  • 6-volt
  • 9-volt
  • Coolers and ice chests (food-storage; nonelectrical)

Selling for $50 or less:

  • Tarpaulins (tarps)
  • Visqueen, plastic sheeting, plastic drop cloths, and other flexible waterproof sheeting
  • Ground anchor systems
  • Tie-down kits
  • Bungee cords
  • Ratchet straps
  • Radios (powered by battery, solar, or hand-crank) Two-way Weather band
  • Two-way
  • Weather band

Selling for $750 or less:

  • Portable generators used to provide light or communications, or to preserve food in the event of a power outage.