The sales tax holiday on back-to-school items kicks off at 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 16, and runs through midnight, Sunday, July 18.

During the sales tax holiday, certain school supply items will be exempt from the city sales tax, as well as state tax.

In Arab, shoppers normally pay 9 cents on the dollar, with 4 cents going to the state and 5 to the city. Shoppers will save that 9 cents this weekend on back-to-school items.

Some retail stores in town reported sales increases of as much as 25 percent during the sales tax holiday last year.

Arab Mayor Bob Joslin is urging everyone to shop in Arab this weekend.

“If you can find it in Arab, you should buy it in Arab,” he said. “I want to encourage everyone to do as much of their shopping as possible in Arab – not just this weekend, but every weekend.”

For one weekend the law cancels state sales tax on:

• Clothing costing up to $100 per item;

• Computers, software and computer supplies costing up to $750 per item. A computer may include a laptop, desktop or tower computer system, which consists of a central processing unit (CPU), and devices such as a display monitor, keyboard, mouse and speakers sold as a computer package.

Computer parts and devices not sold as part of a package with the CPU, will not qualify for the exemption.

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