Colorado tax holiday on disaster supplies proposed

11:26 AM, Feb 14, 2013   |    comments
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DENVER (AP) - Colorado residents buying disaster preparedness items like first aid kits, flashlights and bottled water wouldn't have to pay sales taxes on those supplies under a bill that lawmakers are considering. 

The proposal would create a state sales tax holiday on the first weekend in September this year and the following two years for disaster preparedness items. 

Lawmakers in a House committee are expected to take the first vote on the bill Thursday. 

Other items that would be excluded from taxes would include shovels, coolers and weather radios. 

Bill drafters say Alabama and Virginia have similar tax holidays on emergency supplies. 

Florida and Louisiana created temporary tax holidays in recent years for such items. Colorado Springs Republican Rep. Dan Nordberg is sponsoring the bill.

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