Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- What is the current tax rate in Beverly Hills?
- How many cities in Los Angeles County have already raised their sales tax to the 10.25% cap?
- Are there exemptions to local sales taxes?
- What portion of sales tax revenue comes from out-of-town visitors?
- If the County raises the sales tax, does Beverly Hills get to keep the revenue?
- Who gets to vote on Measure RP? How many votes are needed to win?
- When can I vote on Measure RP?
- How can I register to vote or learn more about voting?
The sales tax in Beverly Hills is currently 9.5%. State law caps local sales tax at 10.25%. Under existing law, the County of Los Angeles or another regional entity could raise the Beverly Hills sales tax rate from 9.5% to 10.25% and collect that incremental revenue for regional purposes without allocating that additional sales tax revenue to Beverly Hills. Measure RP reserves that remaining 0.75% sales tax increment is for local use only and would only take effect if the County or another regional entity successfully imposes a sales tax in Beverly Hills.
Currently, 33 cities in Los Angeles County have raised their sales tax to the 10.25% cap. These cities include: Alhambra, Arcadia, Azusa, Burbank, Compton, Covina, Cudahy, Culver City, Duarte, Gardena, Glendale, Glendora, Hawthorne, Huntington Park, Irwindale, La Verne, Lakewood, Lawndale, Long Beach, Lynwood, Monrovia, Montebello, Norwalk, Paramount, Pasadena, Pico Rivera, Pomona, San Gabriel, Santa Monica, Sierra Madre, South Gate, South Pasadena and Whittier. If the county or a regional agency raises the sales tax, Beverly Hills would carry an even larger share of the regional or countywide burden of generating sales tax since those cities already at the 10.25% cap won't contribute any more to countywide or regional funding.
Yes. Many essential purchases, prescription medicine and food would be exempt from any sales tax.
A majority of Beverly Hills sales tax revenue is generated from out-of-town shoppers.
No. Without Measure RP, the County keeps the money and will have discretion to spend the collected funds on whatever and wherever it sees fit.
All registered voters residing in the City of Beverly Hills are eligible to vote on Measure RP. To be approved, Measure RP requires a majority "YES" votes casted on the November 3, 2020, General Election.
Measure RP will be on the November 3, 2020 ballot. All registered voters living in the City of Beverly Hills will be mailed a ballot the week of October 5. Mail ballots must be postmarked by November 3, 2020.
You can register to vote at HERE. To find out more about voting in this election, please contact the Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters at (800) 815-2666 or Beverly Hills City Clerk, Huma Ahmed at (310) 285-2401 or firstname.lastname@example.org.