The Measure H quarter-cent sales tax that voters approved in March, in order to help homeless, people officially began on October 1st. According to the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration, Los Angeles County residents in unincorporated areas saw their tax rate increase to 9.5 percent. But the quarter-cent sales tax won’t be imposed in the cities of Compton, La Mirada, Long Beach, Lynwood, Pico Rivera, Santa Monica, and South Gate because the rates there exceed the 10.25 percent maximum tax rate allowed under the law in Los Angeles County, state officials said. State officials stated,

If and when an existing tax in one of these cities expires, the Measure H tax will be imposed in that city immediately.

According to figures released by the state, the cities of Avalon, Commerce, Culver City, Downey, San Fernando, El Monte, and South El Monte saw their sales tax rise to 9.75 percent tax. County residents already began paying a tax increase due to voter-approved Measure M, a half-cent sales tax that is supposed to bolster funding of transportation projects. California voters passed the measure in November and the increase began on July 1st. The funding from Measure H is expected to help 45,000 families and individuals escape homelessness within five years and prevent homelessness for 30,000 others. We will have to see if the sales tax increase is noticeable for county residents.

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