The sales tax in Albany will rise by a half-cent, to 9.5 percent, on April 1.
Albany votes approved the increase in the Nov. 6, 2012 election. Measure F, the sales tax increase, was approved by 79.88 percent of the voters, acording to final results from the Alameda County Registrar of Voters.
The increase lasts for eight years. It is expected to generate about $600,000 a year in additional revenue for the city.
Measure F funds will be used to maintain city services and operations, including maintaining police and fire services, along with recreational, senior and youth programs. The Albany City Council voted in July 2012 to place the tax increase on the November ballot.
You may read more about the tax increase in "City Council Moves Forward With Sales Tax Proposal."
Were you among the nearly 80 percent of Albany voters who approved the increase? Do you still think it's a good idea? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.