Thanks for the tax holiday, but it’s a little too late

There is an old adage about how in trying to please everyone, you end up pleasing none. 

Such is the case with the state’s sales tax holiday. Today and Saturday, specific school supplies are tax-exempt. Those items include clothing and footwear purchases under $100 per item, school supplies $20 or less per item, and computers priced at $1,000 or less.

Only problem is Coweta public schools started Tuesday, which sort of blows the whole idea of saving money on sales tax for back-to-school purchases before school starts. Since Coweta starts before many other school systems (ahem, are we following this, dear local school board members?) many of us have already purchased the gigantor number of various instructional instruments primarily so our kids aren’t the only ones unprepared and get laughed at.

Guess state officials, in that ever-challenging desire to please everyone, just rolled the dice, threw a dart against a calendar or read tea leaves.

Oh well.

But for those still needing to cross off pencils and pens and spiral notebooks and composition notebooks and backpacks and calculators and folders and glue sticks and crayons and kleenex and batteries and shoes and shirts and tennis shoes and … you get the point. Today and Saturday are a chance to save some bucks. Local businesses catering to the back-to-school crowd say business can pick up anywhere from 30 to 60 percent.

But there’s something else you can do. At the Newnan Walmart, employees will be working to help out Coweta students in need. There will be a “stuff the bus” event all weekend. A school bus will be in the parking lot and residents are encouraged to help stuff it with school supplies.

This is a great way for the community to help out needy students. And if you actually got too excited and overdosed on buying school supplies, bring your extras on over and help stuff that bus.



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