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Before students head back to school, parents can celebrate a new 3 day holiday this week. Mike Smith has the story:
August 5th through the 7th, some back to school purchases will be exempt from sales tax as part ot the 2nd annual Missouri Sales Tax Holiday.
Certain clothing, computers and software, and school supplies qualify for the exemption, but there are limits.
As an experiment, Lawmakers approved the holiday for the first time in 2004 and voted this year to make it permanent.
But not everyone agrees with the holiday. The City of Springfield and Greene County have oficially opted out of the program according to Springfield's Director of Public Information Louise Whall and Greene County Presiding Commissioner Dave Coonrod. The two officials both say the loss of revenue is too great for participation.
State Representative Mike Sutherland says opponents of the holiday aren't seeing the big picture, and Debbie Wykowsky, Director of Lebanon's Chamber of Commerce agrees.
She says Lebanon and Laclede County are taking part again this year after seeing sucessful results from last year's event.
For KSMU News, I'm Mike Smith.