(CTNS) - Starting today, voter-approved sales tax hikes will kick in for more than 20 cities and counties statewide.
San Mateo and Alameda counties in the Bay Area will join Los Angeles County with the loftiest countywide sales tax at 9 percent.
A trio of cities in Los Angeles County already reached the 10 percent mark, and Moraga, Half Moon Bay and Albany in the Bay Area will come perilously close at 9.5 percent.
The rises are in addition to the quarter-percent tax authorized when California voters backed Proposition 30 in November.
Proposition 30 is expected to generate an additional $6 billion a year through the new sales tax as well as an income tax increase for those making $250,000 or more a year.
The sales tax hike took effect Jan. 1 and will help fund schools, community colleges and public safety services.
Click here to see what the sales tax rate is in your city and county.