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Sales tax in California

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California has a statewide sales tax of 8.25%. Municipalities are allowed to assess a local sales tax up to 9.25%.

The statewide 7.25% is allocated as:[1]

  • 7.25% - State
    • 5.00% - State of California's General Fund
    • 0.25% - State of California's Fiscal Recovery Fund
    • 0.50% - State of California's Local Revenue Fund
    • 0.50% - State of California's Local Public Safety Fund
    • 1.00% - Bradley-Burns Uniform Local Tax
      • 0.25% - Local County - Transportation funds
      • 0.75% - Local city/county - Operating funds

On April 1, 2009, the state sales and use tax increased by 1%, making the minimum sales tax statewide 8.25%.[2],[3]

The statewide local sales tax of 1.25 percent was imposed in 1967.[4]

Local sales tax elections

2012

November 6

November 6, 2012 ballot measures in California
Cities and towns
Measure County Outcome
Albany (City of), Measure F Alameda Approveda


Capitola (City of), Measure O Santa Cruz Approveda


Carmel-by-the-Sea (City of), Measure D Monterey Approveda


Commerce (City of), Measure AA Los Angeles Approveda


Culver City, Measure Y Los Angeles Approveda


Fairfield (City of), Measure P Solano Approveda


Grass Valley (City of), Measure N Nevada Approveda


Half Moon Bay (City of), Measure J San Mateo Approveda


Healdsburg (City of), Measure V Sonoma Approveda


Hollister (City of), Measure E San Benito Approveda


La Mirada (City of), Measure I Los Angeles Approveda


Lathrop (City of), Measure C San Joaquin Approveda


Maricopa (City of), Measure R Kern Defeatedd


Moraga (Town of), Measure K Contra Costa Approveda


Nevada City, Measure L Nevada Approveda


Orinda (City of), Measure L Contra Costa Approveda


Paso Robles (City of) San Luis Obispo Approveda


Rio Vista (City of), Measure O Solano Approveda


Sacramento (City of), Measure U Sacramento Approveda


Salinas (City of), Measure E Monterey Approveda


Sebastopol (City of), Measure Y Sonoma Approveda


Trinidad (City of), Measure G Humboldt Approveda


Vacaville (City of), Measure M Solano Approveda


Williams (City of), Measure G Colusa Approveda


Yucca Valley (Town of), Measure U San Bernardino Defeatedd


Counties
Measure County Approval % Outcome
Alameda County (Transportation), Measure B1 Alameda 66.67% Defeatedd


Fresno County (Libraries), Measure B Fresno 66.67% Approveda


Lake County (Clear Lake), Measure E Lake 66.67% Defeatedd


Los Angeles County (Transportation), Measure J Los Angeles 66.67% Defeatedd


Marin County (Open Space), Measure A Marin 66.67% Approveda


Napa County (Roads), Measure T Napa 66.67% Approveda


Plumas County, Measure D Plumas 50.00% Defeatedd


San Mateo County, Measure A San Mateo 50.00% Approveda


Santa Clara County, Measure A Santa Clara 50.00% Approveda


June 5

June 5, 2012 ballot measures in California
Measure County Outcome
Alameda (City of), Measure C Alameda Defeatedd


Greenfield (City of), Measure X Monterey Approveda


Hercules (City of), Measure O Contra Costa Approveda


Pittsburg (City of), Measure P Contra Costa Approveda


Ridgecrest (City of), Measure L Kern Approveda


San Pablo (City of), Measure Q Contra Costa Approveda


Santa Maria (City of), Measure U Santa Barbara Approveda


Solano (County of) Libraries, Measure L Solano Approveda


Soledad (City of), Measure Y Monterey Approveda


Sonoma (City of), Measure J Sonoma Approveda


Stanislaus (County of) Libraries, Measure T Stanislaus Approveda


2011

November 8

November 8, 2011 ballot measures in California
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Measure County Outcome
Coachella, Measure K Riverside Defeatedd


Coachella, Measure L (Advisory) Riverside Approveda


Del Rey Oaks, Measure S Monterey Approveda


Fairfax, Measure D Marin Approveda


Fillmore, Measure I Ventura Defeatedd


Mendocino Libraries, Measure A Mendocino Approveda


Oakdale, Measure O Stanislaus Approveda


Palm Springs, Measure I Riverside Approveda


San Francisco, Proposition G San Francisco Defeatedd


Vallejo, Measure B Solano Approveda


June 7

June 7, 2011 ballot measures in California
Measure County Outcome
Siskiyou, Measure H Siskiyou Approveda


Richmond, Measure D Contra Costa Defeatedd


2010

November 2

November 2, 2010 election in California
Measure County Outcome
Antioch, Measure P Contra Costa Defeatedd


Carson City, Measure H Los Angeles Defeatedd


Concord, Measure Q Contra Costa Approveda


El Cerrito, Measure R Contra Costa Approveda


Eureka, Measure O Humboldt Approveda


Half Moon Bay, Measure K San Mateo Defeatedd


Marina, Measure M Monterey Approveda


Mendocino County, Measure C Mendocino Defeatedd


Novato, Measure F Marin Approveda


Placerville, Measure H El Dorado Approveda


Redlands, Measure A San Bernardino Defeatedd


San Diego, Proposition D San Diego Defeatedd


San Leandro, Measure Z Alameda Approveda


Santa Barbara, Measure S Santa Barbara Defeatedd


Santa Monica, Measure Y Los Angeles Approveda


Santa Monica, Measure YY Los Angeles Approveda


Santa Rosa, Measure B Sonoma Approveda


South El Monte, Measure R Los Angeles Approveda


St. Helena, Measure C Napa Defeatedd


Tracy, Measure E San Joaquin Approveda


Union City, Measure AA Alameda Approveda


Wheatland, Measure S Yuba Approveda


June 8

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June 8, 2010 election in California
Measure County Outcome
Calexico, Measure H Imperial Approveda


Cathedral City, Measure H Riverside Approveda


Davis, Measure Q Yolo Approveda


Rohnert Park, Measure E Sonoma Approveda


Woodland, Measure V Yolo Approveda


April 13

April 13, 2010 ballot measures in California
Measure County Outcome
City of Cotati, Measure A Sonoma Approveda


2009

November 3

November 3, 2009 ballot measures in California
Measure County Outcome
City of Gustine, Measure B Merced Approveda


Salinas, Measure K Monterey Defeatedd


San Carlos, Measure U San Mateo Defeatedd


San Mateo, Measure L San Mateo Approveda


Ventura, Measure A Ventura Defeatedd


May 19

May 19, 2009 ballot measures in California
Measure County Outcome
City of Pacifica Sales Tax, Measure D (May 2009) San Mateo Defeatedd


May 5

See also May 5, 2009 ballot measures in California
Measure County Outcome
City of Chula Vista Sales Tax, Proposition A (May 2009) San Diego Defeatedd


March 3

March 3, 2009 ballot measures in California
Measure County Outcome
City of Beverly Hills Business License Tax, Measure P (March 2009) Los Angeles Defeatedd


City of Clovis Sales Tax Increase, Measure A (March 2009) Fresno Defeatedd


2008

November 4

November 4, 2008 ballot measures in California
Measure County Outcome
Alturas Sales Tax Modoc Defeatedd


County of Amador Sales Tax, Measure M (November 2008) Amador Approveda


City of Arcata Sales Tax, Measure G (November 2008) Humboldt Approveda


City of Arvin Sales Tax Increase, Measure L (November 2008) Kern Approveda


City of Barstow Sales Tax Increase, Measure D (November 2008) San Bernardino Defeatedd


City of Campbell Sales Tax, Measure O (November 2008) Santa Clara Approveda


City of Capitola Sales Tax Increase, Measure D (November 2008) Santa Cruz Approveda


City of Colusa Sales Tax, Measures A and B (November 2008) Colusa Defeatedd


City of El Cajon Sales Tax Increase, Proposition J (November 2008) San Diego Approveda


City of El Monte Sales Tax Increase, Measure GG (November 2008) Los Angeles Approveda


Fresno County Library Tax, Measure L (November 2008) Fresno Defeatedd


City of Gustine Sales Tax Increase, Measure N (November 2008) Merced Defeatedd


City of Galt Sales Tax Increase, Measure R (November 2008) Sacramento Approveda


City of Eureka Sales Tax, Measure D (November 2008) Humboldt Approveda


Imperial County, Measure D, 2008 Imperial Approveda


City of La Habra Sales Tax, Measure T (November 2008) Orange Approveda


City of La Mesa Sales Tax Increase, Proposition L (November 2008) San Diego Approveda


Los Angeles Measure R Los Angeles Approveda


City of Marysville Sales Tax, Measure O (November 2008) Yuba Defeatedd


City of Maywood Sales Tax, Measure MC (November 2008) Los Angeles Defeatedd


City of National City Sales Tax Repeal, Proposition M (November 2008) San Diego Defeatedd


County of Monterey Sales Tax for Roads, Measure Z (November 2008) Monterey Defeatedd


City of Oxnard Sales Tax Increase, Measure O (November 2008) Ventura Approveda


City of Pico Rivera Sales Tax Increase, Measure P (November 2008) Los Angeles Approveda


City of Port Hueneme Sales Tax Increase, Measure W (November 2008) Ventura Approveda


City of Ridgecrest Sales Tax for Street Repairs, Measure N (November 2008) Kern Defeatedd


Sonoma-Marin Rail Sales Tax, Measure Q, 2008 Marin and Sonoma Approveda


County of Santa Barbara Transportation Sales Tax, Measure A (November 2008) Santa Barbara Approveda


Santa Clara BART sales tax, Measure B, 2008 Santa Clara Approveda


Stanislaus Sales Tax, Measure S, 2008 Stanislaus Defeatedd


City of Trinidad Sales Tax Increase, Measure I (November 2008) Humboldt Approveda


Town of Truckee Sales Tax, Measure V (November 2008) Nevada Approveda


West Sacramento Sales Tax, Measure V (November 2008) Yolo Approveda


June 3

June 3, 2008 ballot measures in California
Measure County Details  % needed to pass Outcome
City of Lindsay Sales Tax Increase, Measure G (June 2008) Tulare City sales tax of 3/4 of a cent 50% Defeatedd


Town of Mammoth Lakes Sales Tax, Measure R (June 2008) Mono 1/2 cent sales tax to develop trails and parks 66.67% Approveda


Needles Sales Tax San Bernardino One-half cent for hospital 66.67% Defeatedd


City of Pacific Grove Sales Tax Increase, Measure U (June 2008) Monterey Increase city sales tax by one cent 50% Approveda


City of Pismo Beach Sales Tax Increase, Measure C (June 2008) San Luis Obispo 1/2 cent sales tax for 6.5 years 50% Approveda


City of San Juan Bautista Sales Tax Increase, Measure U (June 2008) San Benito 1.25 cent, up from 3/4 cent 50% Defeatedd


San Mateo County Sales Tax for Parks, Measure O (June 2008) San Mateo One-eighth cents sales tax 66.67% Defeatedd


Santa Cruz County Sales Tax for Libraries, Measure R (June 2008) Santa Cruz 1/4 cent sales tax for library 66.67% Approveda


City of South Gate Sales Tax Increase, Measure P (June 2008) Los Angeles Increase city sales tax by one cent 50% Approveda


February 5

See also: February 5, 2008 ballot measures in California
Measure County Details  % needed to pass Outcome
City of El Cerrito, Measure A Contra Costa One-half cent sales tax for streets 66.67% Approveda


City of Lompoc, Measure T Santa Barbara One-half cent sales tax for police/fire/EMT 66.67% Defeatedd


City of Reedley, Measure G Fresno One-half cent sales tax for police/fire/EMT 66.67% Approveda


City of Sanger, Measure S Fresno Three-quarter cent sales tax for police/fire/EMT 66.67% Approveda


City of Seaside, Measure R Monterey One cent sales tax 50% Approveda


Statewide propositions

  • California Proposition 11 (1998), which was approved, said that municipalities could enter into sales tax revenue-sharing agreements with other local governments as long as the governing bodies of those governments agreed. Prior to Prop 11, voters in areas with proposed revenue-sharing agreements had to consent to the arrangement.

Sales tax for schools

Three of California's 58 counties have tried to increase their local sales tax in order to benefit school districts in their county. Mariposa County has voted twice on such a proposal, and San Francisco and San Mateo County have each voted once.

The only such measure that passed was in San Franciso. In June 1993, voters there agreed to a quarter-cent sales tax for the San Francisco School District.[5]

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