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Tax-Free Weekend For Emergency Preparation Supplies

With hurricane season approaching, Texas Comptroller, Glen Hegar reminds Texans they can purchase certain emergency preparation supplies without any taxes.

The state of Texas has a preparedness sales tax free weekend, that just happens to be this weekend.
It’s a perfect time for families and people that are getting ready to put a disaster supply kit together, or maybe have just moved down to the area and realize that there’s a few things that they need to have ready.

If you need batteries, flash lights, tarps, stakes for your tents, etc...a lot of those things are what you’re going to find to be tax free over the weekend.

It’s also important to start making an emergency kit with items that are important to someone’s health, like medications. Try to have medicines for at least 14 to 21 days.

The tax free weekend will begin on Saturday, April 22, and end at midnight on Monday, April 24.

Below is a list of emergency preparation supplies that may be purchased tax free this weekend. These emergency preparation supplies qualify for tax exemption if purchased for a sales price. Click or tap the heading to view content.

> Less than $3000

Portable generators

> Less than $300

Emergency ladders
Hurricane shutters

> Less than $75

Batteries, single or multipack (AAA cell, AA cell, C cell, D cell, 6 volt or 9 volt)
Can openers – nonelectric
Carbon monoxide detectors
Coolers and ice chests for food storage – nonelectric
Fire extinguishers
First aid kits
Fuel containers
Ground anchor systems and tie-down kits
Ice products – reusable and artificial
Light sources – portable self-powered (including battery operated)
Examples of items include: candles, flashlights and lanterns
Mobile telephone batteries and mobile telephone chargers
Radios – portable self-powered (including battery operated) – includes two-way and weather band radios
Smoke detectors
Tarps and other plastic sheeting

> These supplies do not qualify for tax exemption:

Batteries for automobiles, boats and other motorized vehicles
Camping stoves
Camping supplies
Extension ladders
Repair or replacement parts for emergency preparation supplies
Services performed on, or related to, emergency preparation supplies

> Additional Details

Additional Charges Affect Purchase Price Delivery, shipping, handling and transportation charges are part of the sales price. If the emergency preparation supply being purchased is taxable, the delivery charge is also taxable.

Consider these charges when determining whether an emergency preparation supply can be purchased tax free during the holiday.

For example, you purchase a rescue ladder for $299 with a $10 delivery charge, for a total sales price of $309. Because the total sales price of the ladder is more than $300, tax is due on the $309 sales price.

There is no limit on the number of qualifying items you can purchase, and you do not need to issue an exemption certificate to claim the exemption.


East Tram Road Closed

road_closed.pngA note from Chief Carroll:

Good Afternoon: I wanted to inform everyone that until further notice East Tram Rd will be closed from just past Walmart to North Tram.

This is due to the construction of the new Walmart and the condition of the roadway.

Previously we only closed it during work hours but due to road conditions it will be closed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until further notice.

Local residents will still have access to their residences.

Best Regards,
Rod Carroll
Chief of Police Vidor Police Department
(409) 769-4561


Just Outside The Spotlight

~A Songwriters Music Café~
Benefiting the Sunday's Kind of Country Giving House Foundation

The Songwriters of Just Outside The spotlightJust Outside The Spotlight -  "A Songwriters Music Cafe' is Nashville songwriters performing songs they have written for country artists you hear on the radio today.

It is also our Annual Fundraiser for the Sunday's Kind Of Country "GIVING HOUSE FOUNDATION." 
This year we have partnered with Vidor Schools Foundation  and will be the 4th show in 5 years with the Giving House Foundation benefiting for only the second time this year.

Where:  Historic Benoit's Louis Hall, Vidor Texas
When: Saturday, April 22 2017
Tickets: $25
Purchase :  Buy Tickets Online Or At The Door


Happy Easter 2017

easter 2017City of Vidor offices will be closed Friday, April 14, 2017 in observance of Good Friday. The Sanitation Department will run its normal Friday route. Please have cans out by 6:00 a.m. Anyone desiring to make a payment to either the Sanitation Department or the Municipal Court may use the appropriate drop box located in the rear parking lot of City Hall Municipal Building.

The City of Vidor wishes everyone a Happy Easter!

Upcoming Events

17 11:00am - 12:30am Brookshire Bros. Grand ReOpening 
25 7:00pm - 9:00pm City Council Meeting 
26 9:00am - 5:00pm Big Buc BBQ Bash 

08 7:00pm - 9:00pm City Council Meeting 
14 12:00am - 11:59pm Valentines Day
17 6:00pm - 10:00pm Cajun Music Night 
19 12:00am - 11:59pm Presidents' Day
22 7:00pm - 9:00pm City Council Meeting 

08 7:00pm - 9:00pm City Council Meeting 
22 7:00pm - 9:00pm City Council Meeting 

01 12:00am - 11:59pm Easter Sunday

13 12:00am - 11:59pm Mother's Day
28 12:00am - 11:59pm Memorial Day

17 12:00am - 11:59pm Father's Day