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East County News Service

January 2, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- Next time you go shopping, you’ll be spending a little bit less.  Effective January 1st, 2017, California’s statewide sales tax has dropped a quarter of a percent. 

That’s because a temporary tax hike approved by voters four years ago under has expired. That measure, Proposition 30, provided a short-term tax boost to fund public schools and public safety.

Statewide, the sales tax is now 7.25 percent, down from 7.5 percent.  Some cities still have higher rates, however, including El Cajon and La Mesa in East County. But even in cities with their own higher assessments, the rate will still be lower this year than last.

La Mesans will pay 8.5 percent, down from 8.75 percent.  El Cajon’s rate drops to 8.25 percent, down from 8.5 percent.

The savings amounts to 25 cents for every $100 spent, $2.50 on $1,000 expended, or $25 for a $10,000 major purchase such as a vehicle.

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