Clanton Council sets sales tax holiday

Published 10:15 am Tuesday, May 12, 2020

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By JOYANNA LOVE/ Senior Staff Writer

The Clanton City Council has unanimously approved July 17-19 as the Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday for 2020.

The vote was made during a regularly scheduled meeting on May 11.

This will exempt certain items from local sales tax on these days. State sales tax will also be waived on these dates on qualifying items. Items exempt include most clothing up to $100 per item, computers up to $750 per item, books up to $30 per item and various other school supplies.

More information and a complete list of tax exempt items can be found at

Clanton has participated in the sales tax holiday several times in the past. Participation is up to local governing bodies discretion. A list of other local governments that have approved participation is available on the Alabama Department of Revenue website.   Some municipalities may not have made a decision for this year yet, so residents are encouraged to check the list closer to the event.

The Clanton Council also approved an updated flood plain ordinance at the request of the state and FEMA.

“It is almost identical with the exception of some wording,” building inspector Gene Martin said.

The original ordinance had been passed in 2009 as a flood damage prevention measure.

The Clanton City Council has changed its next meeting to be on May 26 at 5 p.m.

Also during the meeting, the Council:

  • Approved paying $21,061 to Chilton Contractors for work on a pipe near Poplar Springs Road.
  • Accepted an employee’s resignation.
  • Approved hiring an employee for the sanitation department.
  • Approved firing an employee for not showing up to work.