Why do I have to include sales tax on the Purchase Order when the vendor is not charging tax?

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The District is not tax-exempt.  We are required by law to pay the applicable sales tax.  If the item you purchased is taxable and the vendor does not charge sales tax, then the District is obligated to pay the applicable sales tax to the California State Board of Equalization.  Please refer to the California City and County Sales and Tax Rates for the applicable tax rate for your current location at http://www.boe.ca.gov.