Every year, Missouri gives cities the option of waiving the sales tax on certain weekends.
This year, the weekend begins at midnight Friday, Aug. 5 and ends at midnight Sunday, Aug. 7. The state is waving its fee, saving shoppers 4.225 percent in state sales tax on certain items. St. Charles County has also opted to wave its share of 1.5 percent to help reduce bills. The city of St. Peters, however, will not be waving its part—1.6 percent.
Like many cities in the region, St. Peters has opted to not participate in the sales tax holiday. The communities have decided to not pass on the revenue generated this weekend. According to the Suburban Journals, the city of St. Peters could lose between $250,000 and $300,000 without the tax. With a tight budget this year, the city is trying keep revenue levels high.
Many other St. Charles County cities—O'Fallon, , and St. Charles among them—will be taking part in the holiday by waiving their share of the taxes.
Items eligible for the tax exemption include:
Clothing — an article of clothing can’t exceed $100;
- School supplies–up to $50 per purchase;
- Personal computers and peripheral devices-$3,500 or less;
- Computer software-$350 or less.
Click here for a complete list of qualified items.
School begins Monday, Aug. 8, in the Francis Howell School District. Classes being Aug. 17 for Fort Zumwalt students.