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Sales tax up half-cent in L.A. County

June 30, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A half-cent sales tax increase goes into effect in Los Angeles Wednesday. Retailers are worried that the added tax could slow down sales. Shoppers aren't happy about the take hike.The sales tax in L.A. County will climb to 9.75 percent Wednesday. In some Southland cities, the increase will push their local sales tax above 10 percent. The increase is part of Measure R, which is expected to raise $40 billion in local transportation projects.

"Taxes are a fact of life. Nobody is happy about them," said shopper Aaron Demoray. "I would personally like taxes cut. Not raised."

Not everyone is aware of the new sales tax increase.

"No, I didn't know it was going up tomorrow, or the date," said shopper Hal Rattray. "I knew it was."

"I remember not voting for that and wondering why everyone did," said Joy Rattray.

"A small increase in taxes can be substantial," said Jeff Cox, manager of the Best Buy in Burbank.

Cox said new taxes always hits hard with customers looking at big-ticket items.

"That's why we took some additional measures to inform the public," said Cox. "We feel like it is our responsibility any time changes are affecting them personally and financially."

Even though in most cases it will be a nominal increase, some were hoping to take advantage anyway.

"I just said we should go look at the big screen TVs, but she won't let me," said Hal Rattray.

Asked about a big-screen television, Joy Rattray said, "We'll buy it in another state."

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