Sales tax increase.
Posted in the La Habra Forum
#1 Nov 13, 2008
As a long time resident of La Habra, I always made an effort not to shop in Whittier because of the higher sales tax. Now I will make the same effort not to shop in La Habra. At a time when, because of the bad economy, every one has to tighten their belts, why doesn't La Habra. I found Mark Sturdevant's quote in The Register today, 11/13/08, rather interesting about people wanting to shop where it is attractive, and he "remembers a time when La Habra was not so attractive." Well,in the past, there were not many options for shopping unless we went to Whittier or Brea. Now that we do have places to shop, were are going to be over taxed. At one time Mr. Sturdevant had a "Shop La Habra" program he was promoting, now with his support of this additional tax, he has a "Don't Shop La Habra" program.
#2 Nov 28, 2008
Hey Linda go drive to Brea or any other city. Did you know the almost very city in Orange County has some kinda tax other than just the state sales tax. So go ahead waste your gas and find a city that does not have some kinda tax you don't want to pay. Don't you think you might waste more money in gas if you drive out of the city than you would if you just stayed here in La Habra and paid the ½ cent sales tax????
#3 Apr 22, 2009
This response is to hey Linda from Brea, CA (not Linda S)
Please get the facts before dumping your opinions out in forums like this.
Over the years, the city of La Habra has put out for every big box store wanting to locate in La Habra. You name the store -- Home Depot, Lowe's, Walmart, OfficeMax, Target, Costco, Sam's Club, Smart and Final -- and La Habra welcomed them with open "arms." All under the guise of creating better shopping opportunities for the citizens of La Habra (it really wasn't for the consumer, it was for the tax man).
Then the La Habra politicians let the utility tax (4%) paid by the citizens of La Habra expire. It seemed strange at the time, but not one politician even suggested renewing the utility tax. Wow, the utility tax was where La Habra got the funds to run the city. How would the city function without the utility tax? Ahh, but there's the rub. The politicians were working to grab a much larger chunk of people's money -- and not through some crummy 4% utility tax.
In Nov. 2008, the La Habra politicians put an initiative on the ballot to raise the sales tax in La Habra by .5%(for 20 years!). Then the same politicians who let the utility tax expire whined and moaned that the city would not have enough revenue without the sales tax increase. They even went so far as to send flyers out from the city offices at city expense -- which is illegal under CA law -- to urge people to vote for the tax increase. And what do you know? It passed.
Now the city of La Habra has an entire .5% sales tax devoted to just La Habra. No city needs that kind of funding. The entire county of L.A. only has a .5% sales tax to fund mass transit. Orange County has the same .5% sales tax to fund its mass transit. What is the city of La Habra going to do with .5% sales tax? It's overkill, pure and simple.
Adding the 1.0% sales tax increase mandated by Sacramento, La Habra's sales tax will soon be 9.25%!!! Ouch!!!
Many La Habra residents live close to Fullerton (Best Buy, Staples, Office Depot, Target Greatland, Costco, etc.). Fullerton's sales tax rate will only be 8.75%. If you bundle errands and go to Fullerton rather than La Habra, chances are you won't waste gas and you won't pay the additional .5% sales tax. Additionally, people from La Habra shop at the Brea Mall. A number of stores are located around the mall. All La Habra residents have to do is plan ahead and make their purchases on the way back from the mall rather than in La Habra.
The La Habra politicians are greedy idiots.
Them's the facts.
#4 Jul 23, 2009
I am with Linda on this one. Darren your an idiot. You forget a few years ago when Costco was wanting to build in La Habra. There was a big problem with the redevelopment agency in La Habra. That at the end we found out that La Habra was caught breaking the law. La Habra dragged their feet and made it hard for Costco to open up shop here.
Dont forget the Brea Mall would have been in La Habra. But La Habra did not wanted extra revenue from the mall. Guess who benefited, Yep none other than brea.
La Habra is anti-business. There were other restaurants that showed on their website opening in La Habra coming soon. and NEVER OPENED! I emailed those chain retaurants and come to find out LA Habra did not want them.
I dont shop in La Habra. I live there but buy stuff off internet and brea and fullerton. Remember there is no sales tax in groceries and RX medication. Only taxes are applied to non-food items like soap, mops, etc and also prepared food. So dont buy fast food in La Habra.
Our city council just raised the water,sewer, and trash rate. La Mirada just changed their trash company to another to save money. My water bill will go up by 15 dolalrs and another 5 dollars come Jan 2010. To pay off the water bond. But I already pay that with property taxes. Double screw.
#5 Jul 23, 2009
opps my bad i meant to agree with Linda S not other linda
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