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'HO HO NO' on Christmas tree tax

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The Obama Administration has decided to hold off on adding an additional fee on Christmas trees.

We're told they are going to revisit the proposed 15 cent fee on fresh-cut Christmas trees.

"There's a lot of people nationwide that would like to see it," said Christmas tree farmer Nick Wiggins. But Nick isn't one of them.

Nick has been growing Christmas trees since he was 14. He says he's relieved the proposed tax increase is now sidelined.

"In essence, a large group of people in Texas--growers, aren't for it and didn't want it, Nick says, "We've already been paying a sales tax on these trees so this is really an additional tax, and I don't mind paying a tax and just the fact that it's a Christmas tree. It's just the fact that it's just a little bit more government involvement.   

The National Christmas Tree Association says the fee would have funded a program to benefit the industry and growers.

They say their goal was to enhance the image of Christmas trees and the Christmas tree industry in the United States. Their idea is similar to promotional campaigns like "Got Milk".

Nick says, "I understand them wanting money for marketing and research." But he just doesn't think additional taxes is the answer--or in the Christmas spirit.

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