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Regarding possibly tight state budgets, she added, “I’d rather fund this program than the pork that’s in the budget.”

However, at least one local family is concerned about the holiday falling after Lebanon Special School District schools start classes.

“LSSD families are not able to take advantage of this tax free holiday, because they started school on Monday, July 27,” said John Fesler of Lebanon in a letter to The Wilson Post.

Fesler, who has three school-age children, said he wishes the state legislature would recognize that some schools have earlier starting dates and adjust the date for the tax holiday.

One possible solution to the problem is pointed out by State Rep. Stratton Bone, D-Lebanon.

“Qualified goods may also be placed on or picked up from layaway tax-free during the moratorium,” he pointed out. “Most tax-free items are targeted to school-age youngsters, but everyone can take advantage of the weekend.”

The tax holiday allows individual customers to buy school supplies, some computers and clothing without state or local sales taxes for the three days.

“We are pleased to give back to the taxpayer,” Bone said. “Our sales tax holiday weekend will give working families an opportunity to save real money on a wide variety of items.”

The long weekend began at 12:01 a.m., Friday and ends at 11:59 p.m., Sunday. It allows consumers to purchase selected items which have a price of $100 or less per item and computers with a price up to $1,500 without paying Tennessee sale tax.

Lynn, who cosponsored the original legislation which led to the first sales tax holiday in 2005, said she did so to provide tax relief on an annual and biannual basis for millions of Tennesseans.

The sales tax holiday also has a website at where consumers can find information about what items are tax exempt and get answers to other questions they may have.

Some items included are shirts, dresses, pants, coats mittens and caps. Sneakers and other types of shoes are also on the list. Almost all school supplies such as paper, pencils, pens, book bags and notebooks are tax-free this weekend as well. Art supplies such as clay, paints, art paint brushes and sketch pads are also on the list.

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