The sales tax rates in Birmingham and Montgomery, Ala., are 10 percent, the highest of the 200 largest cities in the country, according to data from the Washington state Department of Revenue forwarded by the free-market think tank Washington Policy Center.
In Washington, Seattle and Bellevue had the highest rates, at 9.5 percent.
Click here to see the current sales tax rates throughout Whatcom County (note: PTBA means inside the boundaries of Whatcom Transportation Authority, which is all of the county except the Newhalem area up the North Cascades Highway).
The highest in Whatcom County is in Bellingham, at 8.7 percent. Today’s election will decide whether Ferndale increases its sales tax rate to pay for transportation projects. The city is currently at 8.5 percent; the increase would boost it to 8.7 percent.