Measure T proposes to change the sales tax rate in Redlands from 7.75% to 8.75%. In describing this change I have read in various columns in the Redlands Community News that this is a 1-cent increase. I have also read in the “Argument against Measure T” that “this is a 100% increase.”

Neither statement is correct.

Here's the math: The additional tax rate is 1% (8.75% - 7.75%), which, for example, would equate to an additional 10 cents of tax on the purchase of $10 of taxable items (1% = 0.01; 0.01 x $10 = $0.10 or 10 cents). The percentage increase in the tax rate is 12.9% ((8.75% - 7.75%)/7.75%) = 0.129 or 12.9%) not 100%.

Robert Toister, Redlands