All news outlets are warning Bay Area residents that this is no April Fool’s joke.
Starting Wednesday, the sales tax rate in five Bay Area cities, including El Cerrito, rises to 10-percent.
El Cerrito’s rate rises to 10-percent from 9.5-percent. The other four cities to reach the double-digit threshold for sales tax rates in the Bay Area include Albany, Hayward, Union City and San Leandro.
Meanwhile, Richmond’s sales tax rate increases from 9 percent to 9.5 percent on Wednesday.
The Contra Costa Times offered a good report Tuesday as to how the tax hikes are affecting consumers, particularly those from low-income households. It pointed out that last year, voters in Hayward, Concord, Richmond, San Leandro, Union City, El Cerrito, San Pablo and Pinole all approved sales tax hikes or extensions.