Frequently Asked Questions – Sales Tax Facts

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Why shop and dine local?

  • Sales Tax is a major city revenue
  • When purchases are made locally and sales tax applied, the City receives 1%
  • Purchases made outside the City produce no revenues to the City

Where does the current 7.5% total sales tax go?

  • Sales Tax of 6.5% goes to the State of California
  • Sales tax of 1% goes to the Locality where the sale is made

What percent of the City’s general fund revenues come from sales taxes?

  • 26% (based upon 2013 budgeted revenues).

How is the sales tax revenue spent within the City?

  • Sales tax revenues is the primary source of funding for key general fund supported services including public safety services (e.g., Police and Fire), park maintenance and recreation programs and services

Did you know?

  • For each purchase of a new or pre-owned vehicle or motorcycle from a local dealer averaging $35,000, $2537.50 is the total sales revenue, and the City gets $350 of that revenue
  • A family of four that eats at a local Rocklin restaurant, 24 times a year (twice per month), and spending $40 each meal, produces $69.60 in total sales taxes, and the City gets $9.60 of that revenue
  • For each purchase of a new or pre-owned boat or recreational vehicle averaging $75,000, $5,437.50 is the total sales tax revenue, and the City gets $750 of that revenue
  • For people spending $5,000 per year on home improvement supplies or furniture at businesses within Rocklin, $362.50 is produced in sales tax, and the City gets $50 of that revenue