Local Income and Payroll Tax Benefit (businesses automatically qualify)
Communities throughout California charge a local payroll, income or gross receipts tax; Tuolumne County and the City of Sonora do not charge a payroll, income or gross receipts tax. This provides substantial savings for businesses that are in, or are planning to locate in, our community. An annual savings of $5,000 to $250,000 is possible.
Utility Tax Benefit (businesses automatically qualify)
Unlike many communities in California, Tuolumne County and the City of Sonora do not charge a utility tax. This provides substantial savings for businesses that are in, or are planning to locate in, our community. Savings range from 5% – 11% on your monthly bills for utility services, including (but not limited to) electricity, gas, water, sewer, telephone (including cell phone and long distance), sanitation and cable television. An annual savings of $100 to $100,000 is possible.
Tuolumne County – Business License Benefit (businesses automatically qualify)
Many communities in California charge a Business License Fee, but Tuolumne County does not. This provides substantial savings for businesses that are in, or are, planning to locate in our community. Annual savings of $1,000 to $36,225 are possible.
Tuolumne County – Deferral of County Impact Fees Until Final Certificate of Occupancy
To help stimulate economic development, the County of Tuolumne is offering an interest-free fee deferral program for residential, commercial and industrial projects. Rather than requiring developers to pay all county “development impact fees” at the time a building permit is issued, developers may request approval to defer the payment of impact fees until issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy. For more information please ask your Tuolumne County Economic Development Authority representative about this program.
Tuolumne County – County Mitigation Fee Program
The Tuolumne County Ordinance Code provides credit towards the Traffic Impact Mitigation Fee (TIMF) to developers who provide transportation improvements, donations or dedication of land, or facilities that are included in the Countywide Traffic Circulation Improvement Program or directly reduce the costs of any improvement identified in that program.
The County Ordinance Code also provides an option to developers to pay the TIMF as adopted by the County or to prepare a traffic study which identifies and addresses the proposed development’s direct and cumulative traffic impacts and identifies measures to mitigate those impacts. The developer must implement those mitigation measures in lieu of paying the TIMF.
The Board of Supervisors has also determined that commercial, industrial and recreational developments “pay their own way” through the creation of jobs and payment of taxes; therefore, those developments are exempt from paying the County Services Impact Mitigation Fee. For more information please ask your Tuolumne County Economic Development Authority representative about this program.
Tuolumne County offers customized incentives to prospective companies looking to expand or locate into Tuolumne County. Please ask your Tuolumne County Economic Development Authority representative about these incentives.