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St. Charles may opt out of tax-free, back-to-school weekend

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ST. CHARLES   ( – St. Charles County is once again looking into opting out of the tax-free weekend for back-to-school shopping.

On Monday night, the County Council will start discussing a bill to opt out of the annual tax holiday for 2017 and future years.

Earlier this year the council looked into the idea of using the nearly $170,000 earned in sales tax on that weekend as a way to hire two narcotics detectives. They reversed the decision in June, finding the money to hire one narcotics officer elsewhere in the budget. But now, Councilmember Joe Brazil says they need that money.

“The heroin epidemic is costing our county millions of dollars a year,” said Brazil.

Other municipalities have opted out of the annual tax free holiday held each year in August including St. Peters.

Brazil says the county would use the sales tax from that weekend to help combat the heroin epidemic, putting the funds towards the prosecutors office, the CRUSH program, and the law enforcement battle to fight the drug problem plaguing the county.

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