April 21, 2014

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Lundy wants to lessen back-to-school burden

ELYRIA —  State Rep. Matt Lundy, D-Elyria, introduced a bill Monday that could make going back to school a little easier on Ohio residents’ wallets.

The bill would create an annual two-day sales tax holiday in August, which would apply to clothing, school supplies and computer accessories valued under $100 per store, and personal computers priced less than $750.
Lundy said he saw a similar bill come to light while covering the West Virginia legislature as a reporter in 2003 and thought the bill would work well for families in Ohio.

“I thought it was a darn good idea,” he said. “Going back to school can be expensive for families, and I thought we might be able to give them a break.”

About a dozen states already have implemented similar tax holidays that vary in duration from a weeklong event in Florida to a one-day break in Massachusetts.

Lundy said his proposal centers around the second weekend in August — just before students around the state are slated to return to school from summer break.

While some logistical issues will have to be worked out with the retail industry, Lundy said the industry may benefit from consumers willing to spend more during the sales tax holiday.

The bill awaits assignment to a House committee for further consideration, and could be worked on as soon as next year.

“This bill is something we need to consider,” Lundy said. “It’s small, but it could make a big difference.”

Contact Stephen Szucs at 336-4016 or sszucs@chroniclet.com.