Last fall, we had the option to support Pierce Transit with .03 percent sales tax increase, which I supported. Many car dealerships came out against Proposition 1 and made financial contributions to the opposition campaign. Their stance was that with the increase, potential customers would shop at dealers where the sales tax rate is lower.
As one who believes I can also vote with my wallet, I checked the state Public Disclosure Commission’s website to see which dealers made contributions. Now that I’m in the market for a new truck, those that decided to make their political views public and backed this particular proposition will not be getting my business.
Furthermore after searching the state Department of Revenue’s website, I have found current sales tax rates much lower than Pierce County’s and are within an hour or two drive from Tacoma.
So the moral to this is that consumers have a broad range of options of where we buy our big-ticket items, and businesses might think twice before backing political issues and/or candidates that may differ from those of potential customers.