Sales Tax to Hit Double Digits in Some Bay Area Cities Today

Shoppers in several Bay Area cities will find themselves forking over a little more dough today, thanks to a scheduled jump in the sales tax. The cities of Albany, Hayward, Union City, San Leandro, and El Cerrito will all see a rise to 10% today, after a series of voter-approved increases take effect.

The statewide sales tax is currently at 7.5%, but state law allows for an additional 2% points in local sales and use taxes. Last fall, voters in Alameda County approved a half-cent increase, which will raise the rate from 9 to 9.5 percent in unincorporated areas. The cities of Alameda, Berkeley, Dublin, Emeryville, Fremont, Livermore, Newark, Oakland, Piedmont, and Pleasanton, will also see a rise to 9.5%.

Other Bay Area cities to see an increase today include Pinole and Richmond. The sales tax in Benicia and Sausalito will also increase from 7.625 to 8.625% and 8.5 to 9% respectively.

The lone city to witness a decrease in the sales tax today is El Cajon.

Read more about the increases here.