Escambia County is encouraging residents to participate in Florida's 14-day Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday, May 27 through June 9.
On Thursday, May 26, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law HB 7063, Florida's Family-Focused Tax Relief, which is the largest tax relief plan in Florida's history.
The Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday was created to incentivize preparedness before hurricane and tropical storm season. Hurricane season begins June 1 and continues through November.
"This is a reminder that hurricane season is upon us and we all have the opportunity to take advantage of this program to better prepare us for this upcoming season," said Emergency Manager Travis Tompkins.
Floridians can expect to be able to purchase the following items without paying sales tax:
- Pet leashes, collars and muzzles ($20 or less)
- Paper towels, toilet paper and soap ($30 or less)
- Candles, flashlights, lanterns and pet beds ($40 or less)
- Batteries, excluding automobile and boat batteries ($50 or less)
- Radios powered by battery, solar or handcrank ($50 or less)
- Coolers ($60 or less)
- Smoke detectors ($70 or less)
- Tarps ($100 or less)
- Portable generators ($3000 or less)
For more information and a list of qualifying items, visit floridarevenue.com/disasterprep.