November 6th was a big election day for California taxes. Californians voted to raise statewide Sales tax by 0.25% and many counties and cities also voted to increase a variety of taxes, including Sales and Use, Occupancy and Utility. A few rate decreases passed as well.
Here are some of the changes that will take effect in January 2013:
The Cities of Albany and Orinda raised Sales tax by 0.50%, Caramel-by-the-Sea and Town of Moraga by 1%.
The Occupancy Tax Rate in City of Exeter was raised to 8% from 4%, Amador County to 10% from 6%, and Santa Cruz County and City increased it to 11% from 9.5% and to 11% from 10%, respectively.
The Utility Users Tax Rate in the City of Bellflower was raised by 2%. However the City of Los Alamitos reduced it by 1%, but expanded the base by taxing VoIP, broadband, paging and private communication lines.
For more information, visit http://www.caltax.org/homepage/111612_local_tax_elections.html.