In a brutal attack on working families, senior citizens, consumers, and businesses, the City of Concord is considering raising a local sales tax. The City Council is considering a plan to ” . . . raise the sales tax in the city to 9.75 percent (Contra Costa Times, July 23). The current tax rate is 9.25 percent.
The higher sales tax will affect shoppers in stores like Costco, Home Depot, and Sam’s Club.
Market Street’s auto row could be particularly hard hit. A vehicle that cost $40,000 in March 2009, had a sales tax of $3,300. (In March 2009, the local sales tax rate was 8.25 percent.) If the new sales tax goes to 9.75 percent, then the $40,000 vehicle will carry a sales tax of $3,900.
What should car buyers have to pay $600 more — 18 percent more in sales tax — for a $40,000 vehicle?
If business in Concord slumps, jobs will be lost. Consumers unhappy with Concord’s sales tax could shop elsewhere.
Unemployment rates in California are massive. Thus, Concord should be cutting taxes and sharply reducing its bloated municipal bureaucracy.
Concord residents must resist giving more money to its mismanaged city government.