FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 3, 2009
City participates in ‘green’ sales tax holiday April 19-25
Statewide program promotes Energy Star certified appliances
The City of Kansas City, Mo., will take part in the Missouri Show Me Green Sales Tax Holiday, from April 19-25. The holiday exempts state and city sales tax on retail sales of qualifying Energy Star certified new appliances, up to $1,500 per appliance. The tax holiday applies to residential and commercial customers purchasing qualifying equipment, including washers, water heaters, dishwashers, air conditioners, furnaces, refrigerators and freezers.
“The exemption not only saves residents money on the purchase price, but using Energy Star rated appliances reduces utility bills for the life of the appliance,” said Gerald Shechter, sustainability coordinator for the City’s Office of Environmental Quality, a division of the City Manager’s Office. “For Kansas City, Mo., to become a sustainable and energy efficient city, it will take action from the government, the business community and individual residents.”
The City is one of 56 cities in Missouri that, based on a resolution adopted by City Council, will be participating in the tax holiday, and is the largest city to be part of the program.
“The City has made a pledge to promote sustainability at all levels, and this is evidence that we are serious about that pledge,” City Manager Wayne A. Cauthen said. “I think residents should be proud that we are the only city out of the eight largest in the state to participate.”
For more information, contact Gerald Shechter, Office of Environmental Quality, (816) 513-3401.