Beginning Jan. 1, 2013, the state sales tax will increase 1/4 percent.
In Tehachapi and most of Kern County the new rate will rise to 7.5 percent with the exceptions of Ridgecrest, Arvin and Delano, which will pay a sales tax of 8.25 percent.
Nevertheless, that's still lower than some areas of the state where the tax will increase to as much as 10 percent or more due to additional local district sales tax being added on to the state tax.
Part of Proposition 30 --the measure tied to school funding -- the new sales/use tax rate increase was supported by Governor Jerry Brown and approved by voters in the November 2012 election.
The state budget the governor signed this summer required about $5.4 billion in cuts to schools and community colleges if Prop 30 failed.
The higher tax rate that will apply for four years, ending on Dec. 31, 2016, does not apply to the sales of gasoline, which currently sits at 2.25 percent plus applicable district taxes. However, the rate increase does apply to sales of diesel fuel, which will increase to 9.67 percent plus applicable district taxes after the first of the year, and will be in effect through June 30, 2013.
For a list of local sales tax by city go to www.ca.gov and click on California city and county sales and use tax rates.