Thursday, March 12, 2009

Less Than 3 Weeks to Make Big Purchases!!!

Thanks to the incompetent individuals running our state, sales tax will increase significantly on 4/1/09.

Here's a web page where you can confirm rates by city and county for your upcoming estimates.

Berkeley residents will soon be paying a whopping 9.75% sales tax.

Is it wrong for me to wonder if this increase would still have occurred if we passed the Governator's Prop 76 in 2005? You think anyone who fought to defeat it (Democrats, public unions) regrets it now?


Blogger Dan said...

Whatever, I LOVE paying sales tax.

3/12/2009 6:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not the fault of the democrats or the unions, it's the voters and their friggin' obsession with prop 13.

3/12/2009 8:46 PM  
Blogger McWho said...

To take that line, we can blame the democrats that raised property taxes so quickly that it basically inspired the Prop 13 version of the Boston Tea Party.

3/12/2009 8:57 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Propositions are awesome, you guys.

3/13/2009 12:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't care about the sales tax, cause I don't have money to buy anything to begin with.

3/13/2009 6:54 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

We should have a favorite proposition discussion. Props 8 and 209 will be off-limits for that discussion though.

3/13/2009 7:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is berkeley's sale tax going to be higher than san francisco? not enough money for code pink?

3/13/2009 9:35 AM  
Blogger Armen said...

Sales taxes vary slightly by County. Alameda is one of the highest in the State.

3/13/2009 9:38 AM  
Blogger Toney said...

It's so high because we had to pay for the tree sitters!

3/13/2009 9:54 AM  
Blogger Patrick said...

Call me a bleeding heart libertarian, but I hate sales taxes -- the higher they are, the worse they are.

I get the theory (distribute taxes evenly across the population, blah, blah, blah . . . ) but come on. If you make 30k, a ten percent sales tax on basic purchases like food, clothing, and school supplies, is a huge deal. If you make 300k . . . not so much. In practice, there's nothing at all "even" about that distribution.

A ten percent sales tax is an example of the phony-egalitarian moralism that makes me sick. See also tax treatment of life insurance, America's head-in-the-sand insistence privatized health care, and pretty much any sin tax, anywhere, ever.

3/13/2009 1:48 PM  
Blogger Armen said...

Patrick, sales tax is a type of "use tax," you pay as you go. By definition these taxes have a disproportionate burden on the lower earners. Same with gas tax, beer tax, etc. This is why use taxes tend to be favored by the GOP but not income taxes.

3/13/2009 1:53 PM  
Blogger Patrick said...

Um, yes. That's correct. So your point is you agree with me?

3/13/2009 1:54 PM  
Blogger Armen said...

Yeah, and I agree with the theory of evolution. I mean both are sort of well-established propositions, right? Rather than saying, "Hey Idaho, you're stating the obvious" I tried to take a more polite tone. :)

3/13/2009 1:59 PM  
Blogger Patrick said...

The Bageant proposal: instead of a 1% sales tax increase in Berkeley, how about a $2 toll on all ingress and egress to the hills?

3/13/2009 1:59 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

correct me if I'm wrong, but don't sales taxes typically not apply to essential items such as food, clothing and beer?

3/13/2009 2:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A lot of state exempt food, or at a minimum have a greatly reduced tax rate for it. But clothing and beer, are usually taxed. In fact, beer often has a vice tax on top of the sales tax.

3/13/2009 2:04 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

Minus 5,000 for you, 2:04, for failing to gather that beer was added as a joke.

3/13/2009 2:05 PM  

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