Click this link and take a look at the color map. (It's a PDF file. If you use the Internet a lot, you should already have a copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader or another program that will read PDF files.)
When I look at the map, I'm struck by the fact that Erie County's sales tax is lower than the tax in nearly every surrounding county.
It's 6.5 percent. That ties Erie County with Ottawa County. But it's lower than Sandusky, Seneca, Huron and Lorain counties. It's also quite a bit lower than the 7.75 percent rate in Cuyahoga County — the highest sales tax rate in the state.
Why not use our low sales tax rate to our advantage, and publicize the fact that your consumer dollar goes farther in Erie County, because the government takes less of your money away?
There are plenty of people in the Cleveland area who come to Erie County often, to visit Cedar Point, go fishing or use their boat. If they spend $100 at the store in Cuyahoga County, they pay $7.75 in sales tax. In Erie County, they pay $6.50. If you make a habit of shopping here, you can save quite a few dollars over time. It's convenient, too. Get what you need at Menards or Home Depot or Meijer or ABC Warehouse along U.S. 250, jump on the highway, and go home.
And if you live here, it's foolish to drive to another county, burn gas and pay higher taxes.