Countywide Half-Cent Sales Tax Takes Effect Monday, April 1

The sales tax across San Mateo County will increase by a half-cent on Monday, April 1, as a result of voter approval of Measure A on the November 2012 ballot.

The sales tax will rise from 8.5 percent to 9 percent in all cities and in the unincorporated areas except in the cities of San Mateo and Half Moon Bay. As a result of voter-approved sales taxes in those cities, the sales tax will be 9.5 percent in Half Moon Bay and 9.25 percent in the city of San Mateo.

Measure A was placed on the November 2012 ballot by the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors. The tax, which sunsets after 10 years, is expected to raise approximately $60 million a year for general fund purposes. Read the ballot statement and full text of Measure A.

For a full listing of sales and use tax rates effective April 1 by county or city, visit the State Board of Equalization.


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