CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 2008 |
With all the ballots counted, the half-cent sales tax increase for transportation projects in Los Angeles County passed with 67.93% of the vote. The tax hike, known as Measure R, needed two-thirds approval. Measure R is expected to raise $30 billion to $40 billion over its 30-year life span, proponents say. The most expensive project it will fund is an extension of the Westside subway. The increase will begin July 1 and bring the sales tax rate in the county to 8.75%.
November 11, 2008
Re "Gov. pushes hike in sales tax, big cuts," Nov. 7 Now, let's see if I understand this correctly: On Tuesday, Nov. 4, we approved additional sales taxes for Los Angeles County with Proposition R, a 0.5-cent tax on the dollar, plus Proposition 1A for a bullet train for California. Then on Friday, Nov. 7, The Times reported that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is asking for a sales-tax increase -- 1.5 cents on the dollar -- to fund the state coffers. Also in Friday's Times, there is a report that the Department of Water and Power wants to increase our bills so they can install solar panels.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 1989 |
A group of environmentalists is threatening to fight a proposed sales tax for traffic improvements unless the county sponsors a bond issue designed to give them perhaps $2 million or more to buy land and protect it from development. County officials say they are seriously considering the deal, which is similar to a compromise struck last year in Contra Costa County. Some proponents of the half-cent levy, though, think the environmentalists lack the clout to force the issue. "The environmental community is saying that we've been left out of the process for so long that we need something on our side for us to support a sales tax," said Elizabeth Brown, who proposed the deal as president of Laguna Greenbelt Inc., an influential environmental group.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 1989
Over the next several months the Orange County Board of Supervisors and the 28 city councils in the county will be reviewing the 20-year transportation plan unanimously approved last Monday by the Orange County Transportation Commission. The plan should be supported. The commission's approval, and ratification by a majority of the county board and city councils representing a majority of the cities' populations, will legally clear the way to put a proposed half-cent transportation sales tax before voters and in essence, the 20-year plan along with it. It is time that the sales-tax proposal was put back on the ballot.
October 25, 2010 |
Garden Grove resident Ken Licht is in the market for a new cellphone. But he can't get a good explanation of why he'll have to pay sales tax on the full price of a handset ? even though most phones are heavily discounted by wireless companies or given away free. It's a question I get asked a lot. And with nearly 300 million cellphones now in use in the United States ? meaning that 93% of the population is sporting a mobile device, according to the wireless industry ? it's probably not a bad idea to explain what's going on. First of all, Licht made the same observation that probably all cellphone customers have made at one time or another.
November 3, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO -- Most Internet shoppers in California know that, since Sept. 15, Amazon.com and other e-merchants, have been required to collect sales taxes for online purchases. But, what many are just finding out is that Amazon and some competitors also are collecting California's 7.25% base rate plus any local government add-on sales taxes on combined "shipping and handling" charges. According to California's sales tax collection agency, the Board of Equalization, sales tax should be collected when a seller "makes a combined charge for 'shipping and handling' or 'postage and handling,' " if the invoice does not show the actual cost of the individual delivery.