Buying food in West Virginia will be a little lower come January 1, dropping from three to two percent.

Deputy State Revenue Secretary Mark Muchow says the decrease, approved by state lawmakers and the governor, will save a family of four about $52 a year or about $1 a week.

The one percent reduction will take $27 million from the state's General Revenue Fund.

The food tax will be completely eliminated on July 1, 2013.

The state food tax has been around in one form or another since 1934.

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