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California Voters Embrace Sales Tax Hikes


 Hercules defeating the Kentaurt (not Hercules, California, where a local sales tax was recently extended).

A number of California local sales tax measures were approved on November 3, 2015.

  • Voters in Dunsmuir (Siskiyou County) have given the green light to a local transactions and use tax. Measure P increases sales tax by 0.5%.
  • In Greenfield, voters approved two local sales tax measures. Measure V extends an existing 1% local sales tax (removing the previous 2017 sunset date) and Measure W authorizes the levy of an additional 0.75% sales tax. With the passage of both measures, the total rate of sales tax in Greenfield is 9.275%, “effective immediately.”
  • In Hercules, voters approved a continuation of the local 0.5% sales and use tax. Previously set to expire October 2016, Measure B retains the tax “until such time as the City Council… determines that it is no longer necessary….”
  • Voters in Novato (Marin County) approved an extension of the local sales tax previously set to expire in 2015. Measure C also reduces the existing 0.5% sales tax to 0.25%, effective immediately.

Yet Californians did not universally approve local sales tax hikes; voters in Modesto rejected Measure G, a general sales tax measure that would have increased sales tax by 0.5% for eight years.

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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.