State Representative Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) noted Wednesday that a measure creating a three-day sales tax holiday in early August has received support from both chambers in the Ohio Legislature. Amended Senate Bill 243 calls for a break on the sales tax on certain clothing items and school supplies for the upcoming school year. Examples of such exemptions include school supplies and instructional material under $20 and clothing under $75. 

The sales tax holiday will be offered as a pilot project to determine its effectiveness and impact on local government funding. The tax holiday is scheduled for August 7-9, 2015. Cera, a cosponsor of the bill, is very supportive of the measure because of the savings it will afford residents across the state.

“Working families need every break they can get. While the sales tax holiday only provides small savings, every little bit helps,” said Rep. Cera. 

Rep. Cera is hopeful that border areas such as Jefferson, Belmont and Monroe Counties will see an increase in business from the sales tax holiday. “As a member of the House Finance Committee which heard testimony on this bill, we heard positive things from other border communities in states that participate in similar projects.”

Rep. Cera went on to say that information shared with the committee showed that Ohio would experience a domino effect when it comes to reaping the benefits. “Industries that support the retail trade infrastructure, such as trucking companies, restaurants and gas stations will find themselves profiting as well.”

Democrats attempted to pass a hold harmless amendment in committee to protect counties from loss of revenue. However, it was defeated.  “Despite concerns of revenue loss for counties, it is important that we continue to help working families when we can,” said Rep. Cera.

With the support of both legislative chambers, the bill now goes to the Governor for his signature.  


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