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Sales tax goes up April 1 in Del Mar, Chula Vista

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Posted at 7:07 AM, Mar 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-31 12:11:46-04

Shoppers in parts of North County and South Bay will be paying a little more starting Saturday.

In November 2016, voters in both of Chula Vista and Del Mar approved measures to increase the sales tax in their respective cities. The extra money will help pay for things like emergency services, large public projects and roads improvements.

Chula Vista's tax rate increases a half cent to 8.25 percent. It adds 50 cents to a $100 purchase, but $100 in tax to a $20,000 car.

Del Mar's tax rate increases a full cent to 8.75 percent. It adds $1 to a $100 purchase. There aren't any car dealerships in the county's smallest city.

"We pay high taxes for living here," said Jaime Castor, a Chula Vista resident who voted for the sales tax hike. "It's amazing to live in this area."

People in the city of San Diego pay 7.75 percent.

Locals who want to comparison shop for areas with lower sales tax can see a list of rates here, current as of Jan. 1.