Retailers like David Sutton, the general manager at K-Mart is worried about the financial impact of the Jefferson County Commission voting to not to take part in the sales tax weekend in August. "Absolutely. It gets very exciting. We get business for us jumps. We have a huge sales over those days," says Sutton.
Shoppers are not happy with the three to one vote Tuesday. "I don't think it's fair. I'm a single parent. I don't think it's fair. I've been doing it for every year," says LaTonya Lillie.
UAB marketing chairman Robert Robicheaux says in there has been a negative impact by other governments in the past who chose not to give up their sales taxes. "Counties and communities that have opted out changed their mind in the following year because residents in their area travel to nearby communities to take advantage of that. Their competitor is there to attract people."
This worries retailers like Sutton. "To use the term stimulus once again, I think we would want to keep that customer here in our market in Jefferson County."
So will be shoppers be mad enough to take their business to another county. "If you save ten dollars, that's something. You can buy an extra pencil. It does matter. You got people who are going to do that." says Wilbur Conner.