New Bill Could Save Parents Money On School Supplies

By: Karen Morfitt Email
By: Karen Morfitt Email

Saving money and sending your kids back to school, the two don’t often go hand in hand. But that might change.

Alyssa Flett has two students, and knows it can be costly.

"As they get older the more supplies they need and the more expensive they get," Flett said.

In 2011, analysts said families could spend hundreds of dollars sending each child back to school.

Now, Colorado lawmakers want to help with the cost. They want to do away with the state sales tax, 2.9 percent, on school supplies for one weekend in August.

Steve Marzulla’s kids are out of school now but he says he can see the need.

"Anything that’s tax free I’m for and families that can save money even for three days could be a huge help," Marzulla said.

It may not sound like much but Flett says, "If you save $10 this year it adds up, year after year. It's 12 years of school.”

We're not just talking pens and paper that would get a tax break. It would also include clothing and computers.

Money these parents say they'll be happy to put back in their wallet.

The bill is very specific on what items would be free of the state tax, you can find them listed in the bill.


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