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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 16, 2010

City encourages saving money while saving energy

Show-Me Green Sales Tax Holiday is next week

The City of Kansas City, Mo., is encouraging residents to save money, save energy and stimulate the economy by participating in Missouri’s upcoming Show-Me Green Sales Tax Holiday and the Energize Missouri Rebate Program.

The Show-Me Green Sales Tax Holiday, which runs from April 19-25, provides an opportunity for people to save at least 4.225 percent when purchasing new ENERGY STAR ® qualified appliances in Missouri during the holiday.The reduced price represents the elimination of the state’s sales tax from their purchase.

The Energize Missouri Appliance Rebate Program, which provides cash rebates for certain ENERGY STAR ® qualified appliances, is being launched by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) on April 19, to run concurrently with the Show-Me Green Sales Tax Holiday. The rebate program operates on a first-come, first-served basis until $5.6 million in allocated funding is exhausted. This rebate program is limited to State of Missouri residents.

"Both of these programs provide a great opportunity for people to save money on appliances that should generate savings for years to come and benefit the environment,” said Dennis Murphey, chief environmental officer for the City’s Office of Environmental Quality. “We encourage residents to take advantage of this period when the sales tax holiday and rebate program overlap and provide additional savings,” said Councilwoman Sharon Sanders Brooks.

Information from the Missouri Department of Revenue indicates that the following are items that would be exempt from state sales tax during the Show-Me Green Sales Tax Holiday, provided they are ENERGY STAR ® certified:

    • Clothes Washers

    • Water Heaters

    • Dishwashers

    • Air Conditioners

    • Furnaces

    • Refrigerators

    • Freezers

*According to the ENERGY STAR ® Website, clothes dryers, trash compactors, conventional ovens, ranges and stoves do not receive an energy star rating. Therefore, although the statute anticipates that some day they may receive the energy star rating, tax will continue to apply to purchases of these items during the Show-Me Green Sales Tax Holiday. Refrigerators, freezers, and room air conditioners are not eligible for the appliance rebate program.

Answers to frequently asked questions about the Show-Me Green Sales Tax Holiday are available at http://dor.mo.gov/tax/business/sales/taxholiday/green/faq.htm.

Information about the Energize Missouri Rebate Program and rebate values is available at the MDNR website, www.dnr.mo.gov/transform/energizemissourirebate.htm

Media inquiries about the City’s Office of Environmental Quality should be directed to Dennis Murphey, chief environmental officer, 816-513-3459.

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