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Bay Area Counties May Vote to Impose Transportation Tax


 New California law allows counties to levy transportation tax.

Under the Bay Area County Traffic and Transportation Funding Act, signed into law earlier this month by California Governor Jerry Brown (D), the nine Bay Area counties may vote to impose a retail transaction and use tax. Revenue generated by the tax would fund “various transportation purposes.”

The new law allows imposition of a tax at the rate of 0.5% or 1%, provided the tax is approved by at least two-thirds of voters.

Any such tax would take effect “at the close of the polls on the day of election” at which a new tax is adopted, and would last as long as specified by the ordinance. “The tax may be terminated earlier if the projects in the adopted plan are completed and any bonds outstanding issued pursuant to this division are redeemed.”

The nine Bay Area Counties affected by this law are:

  • Alameda County
  • Contra Costa County
  • Marin County
  • Napa County
  • San Francisco County
  • San Mateo County
  • Santa Clara County
  • Solano County
  • Sonoma County

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Gail Cole
Avalara Author
Gail Cole
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. She has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts, and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for both experts and laypeople.