In Gainesville, FL
, the combined rate is 7.00%. However at the end of August, voters narrowly (by just over 100 votes) approved an additional .25% for community health care. Now on the Nov 2 ballot they've got 2 x .5% additional proposals to fund road improvement and recreational facilities.
I'll bet both measures pass, therefore in the course of just over 3 months we will have increased our sales tax rate by almost 18%.
To add insult to injury (and to illustrate just out of control the judiciary is in our country), we just got rid of a 1% surcharge ordered by the chief judge in Alachua county to fund a new courthouse because he didn't like old one and said it was over crowded. Note that he didn't implement night court, instead he order the county commission to either increase property tax or increase the sales tax rate to fund the new courthouse.
Instead of building a bare bones facility, it has marble floors and a bunch of other really nice "necessities".
The power to tax is the power to destroy.