By Michelle Key

The Lee County Commission issued a resolution providing for the county’s participation in a “Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday” which is slated for Feb. 21 through Feb. 23. The sales tax holiday exempts certain items designated for severe weather preparedness purposes from state and county sales tax when purchased during the “holdiay” period.
Examples of items of value of $60 or less per item are as follows:
• AAA-cell batteries
AA-cell batteries
C-cell batteries
D-cell batteries
6-volt batteries
9-volt batteries
• Cellular phone battery
• Cellular phone charger
• Portable self-powered or battery-powered radio, twoway radio, weatherband radio or NOAA weather radio
• Portable self-powered light source, including batterypowered flashlights, lanterns, or emergency glow sticks
• Tarpaulin
• Plastic sheeting
• Plastic drop cloths
• Other flexible, waterproof sheeting
• Ground anchor system, such as bungee cords or rope, or tiedown kit
• Duct tape
• Plywood, window film or other materials specifically designed to protect window coverings
• Non-electric food storage cooler or water storage container
• Non-electric can opener
• Artificial ice
• Blue ice
• Ice packs
• Reusable ice
• Self-contained first aid kit
• Fire extinguisher
• Smoke detector
• Carbon monoxide detector
• Gas or Diesel fuel tank or container – a single purchase with a sales price of $1000 or less
• Any portable generator and power cords – used to provide light or communications or preserve food in the event of a power outage.
In other business, the commission: