California voters set a record last November for most local sales taxes approved or extended at 66. Those local taxes will go into effect on April 1. For a good number of these sales taxes, the money collected goes into the general fund regardless of what the original intent for the revenue was. Critics like Timothy Bittle, the director of Legal Affairs for the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, say this tactic of specifying a need for increased local taxes but storing the money in the general fund to be used for other projects is increasing in popularity among municipalities.
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