It’s not our place to tell people they have to shop local or how to spend their hard-earned money. But it is our job to make the suggestion: shopping locally whenever possible helps all of us financially. 

And if you’re looking for a good deal on a car, there’s more than the sticker price to think about.

If you care about the community you live in, you’ll also want to take into account the sales tax you’ll pay on a car and where the sales tax goes.

A small portion of the sales tax on cars goes to the community you bought the car in. There’s a common misperception that sales taxes on automobiles go back to the community that the buyer lives and pays taxes in. Not so. A portion might go back, if there is a special tax assessed locally. Otherwise the money stays in the town where the car lot is located.

According to a recent story, for instance, Sutter County residents in 2017 spent $247 million on vehicle purchases, but 54 percent were made outside the jurisdiction. 

Yuba-Sutter is missing out on nearly $3 million in tax revenue annually, it was reported.

That lost sales tax revenue would have been available for road repairs, firefighting services, police forces, etc.  It’s certainly something to add to the tally sheet when you’re deciding where to buy.

Our View editorials represent the opinion of the Appeal-Democrat and its editorial board and are edited by the publisher and/or editor. Members of the editorial board include: Publisher Glenn Stifflemire and Editor Steve Miller.

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