SAN JOSE (KPIX 5) — Shoppers in San Jose are going to have to pay more for goods and services.

The city’s sales tax jumped from 8.75 percent to 9 percent Saturday and shoppers are bracing for sticker shock.

An $8 purchase just 24 hours ago, now costs $.02 cents more for the exact same items.

Some local shoppers fear that a penny here, a penny there, and a thousand purchases later, will add up to tens, if not hundreds of dollars more.

“One item, two pennies more, what do you say? Not a big deal.” says San Jose resident Leoni Watts. “What if I say $200? That’s a lot. I just bought a motorcycle and that’s expensive.”

It will add considerably more for people buying big ticket items, like motorcycles or new cars. A $34,000 vehicle will now cost $85 dollars more to drive home.

San Jose city leaders want to use the extra tax money to fix potholes and hire more firefighters and cops. They estimate the tax hike will generate $30 million in its first year.

Though San Jose now has one of the highest sales tax rates in Santa Clara County, it’s still relatively low compared to neighboring Alameda County, where sales tax starts at 9.5%. Four cities, including San Leandro, have a 10% tax rate.

Comments (6)
  1. KC says:

    These ever-increasing local sales tax rates indicate government failure. Inept politicians who do not know how to balance budgets think they can endlessly raise taxes. Its like another crack hit.

  2. nagaraju says:

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    Presently He is DIRECTOR of PRODUCT MANAGEMENT in INFINERA,san fransisco bay .
    His Permanenet address is
    1167 La Rochelle Sunnyvale ,California.94089-1788
    His Hyderabad Address at Padma rao nagar 040-27503242
    Attachments area

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  3. David Witcraft says:

    Sales taxes are completely out of control. What started in the 70s as a way for cities and counties to get a little revenue(typically 2-3%) have exploded into a bottomless cookie jar for politicians. Sales tax is THE MOST REGRESSIVE TAX we have. Poor people spend a large portion of their income on products subject to the tax, the wealthy, very little. Sales taxes discourage spending, which dampens economic growth and job creation. We should eliminate sales tax completely. Use the income tax system we have to generate revenue. Our economy would be stronger for it.

  4. ZumaMom says:

    Someone has to keep supporting people that don’t belong here.
    It’s the American way.

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