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Sales taxes rising to 9% and higher in nearby cities

Alameda County stays at 8.75% for now

Buyers beware. Sales taxes are climbing by as much as 1% in eight California cities next Tuesday and are being extended at high rates in two others.

Voters in these cities approved sales and use taxes with rate increases that take effect on April 1. Voters in El Monte in Los Angeles County also voted to extend their 9.5% sales tax through March 31, 2019, while Rohnert Park voters extended their 8.75% tax indefinitely.

The sales tax in Pleasanton and Alameda County of 8.75%, approved by voters in 2011, remains unchanged.

Starting Tuesday, shoppers in Huron in Fresno County will pay 9.225% on taxable merchandise, a 1% increase. San Rafael shoppers will pay 9.25% up a quarter of a cent, while the sales tax climbs to 9% in Antioch, Corte Madera, Larkspur and San Anselmo, a half-cent increase for those cities.

The sales tax in Stockton is being raised by 3/4th a percent, from 8.25% to 9%.

The California State Board of Equalization also has adopted a policy to presume taxable sales of food from mobile food trucks include sales tax in the listed price. They are now required to remit the tax on the listed price to the state.

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Posted by Citizen
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 25, 2014 at 10:14 am

Tax and spend!


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Posted by Mark
a resident of Parkside
on Mar 25, 2014 at 10:36 am

Are you sure Pleasanton is 8.75%? I believe ALL of Alameda County is 9% except for San Leandro 9.25%, Albany 9.5% and Union City 9.5%


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Posted by Pleasantonian
a resident of Mission Park
on Mar 25, 2014 at 11:32 am

Pleasantonian is a registered user.

Wrong information. Pleasanton has been at 9% sales tax for a while now.


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Posted by kbenson
a resident of Bordeaux Estates
on Mar 25, 2014 at 11:47 am

Next step will be 9.9% --why not an even 10%?

9.9 is easier for people to swallow. It i similar to 1 gal of milk @ safeway $4.99 - if the price was an even 5, more people would moan.
Also keep in mind grocery items are not taxed....yet


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Posted by Rachel
a resident of Jensen Tract
on Mar 25, 2014 at 2:27 pm

kbenson is milk really 4.99 at Safeway?? I just paid 2.89 at Walmart!!!


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Posted by Sorry
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 25, 2014 at 2:55 pm

Sorry for all. However 'sales' is the fairest of all taxes. Punishing someone for caring enough to own a house is absurd. Punishing someone with income taxes for studying and striving hard are equally absurd.
We'll never switch to all sales.
Politicians being who and 'what' they are, would just push more of all tax types. IF, and only IF, we could just have major sales taxes only, that would be fair and just...but not in addition to.


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Posted by kbenson
a resident of Bordeaux Estates
on Mar 25, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Rachel-

Yes Safeway brand 2% milk cost 4.99 per gal on 3/25.

Looks like I will need to grocery shop @ several locations now.

Funny thing is, Safeway always tries to compare their "low cost" products to wallyworlds


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Posted by kbenson
a resident of Bordeaux Estates
on Mar 25, 2014 at 8:04 pm

Sorry-

I agree with the "punish" statements. Makes one wonder what the true "value" of home ownership is these days- especially when low end prop tax is around 6k annually (unless you lived in your place when it cost you 100k or less)


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