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    Brewster, N.Y. – 8/14/2013 – As students throughout Putnam prepare to head back to school, Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) is reminding residents of what could have been a Putnam County tax free holiday week.

    The holiday would have eliminated Putnam County’s 4 percent tax rate for a 10-day period from August 16th to August 25th. Shoppers would have enjoyed a reduced tax in the county from 8.38 percent to 4.38 percent for clothing and footwear under $110.

    Senator Ball’s legislation (S3878A) unanimously passed through both the New York State Senate and the Putnam County Legislature, but unfortunately was not brought up for a vote in the Assembly.

    During the 10 days, which would have been the tax free holiday, Senator Ball is urging residents to contact their Assembly member to stress the importance of passing this bill next year.

    “This legislation would have given a much needed tax break to parents of school aged children who are purchasing clothing and footwear for the approaching school year. I am glad that my colleagues in the Senate passed this bill, however it is unfortunate that the Assembly failed to deliver,” said Senator Greg Ball. “Tax free holiday’s have proven to be very popular with retailers. In other states, the increase in retail sales during these tax free periods have been so high that many retailers have chosen to extend their hours. During the 10 days that should have been the tax free holiday, I am urging residents to contact their Assembly member to remind them of importance of passing this tax break next year.”

    For more information contact Joe Bachmeier at (845) 531-9796.