Ridgecrest’s largest form of revenue is sales tax. "But I shop online!" you think, "doesn’t that money come back to the city?"
The state of California receives the sales tax that is paid online. The state then distributes the funds to the counties. Kern County then pays out the pooled sales tax based on the portion of sales made in store fronts. The purchases made in town directly affects the amount of online sales tax the city of Ridgecrest receives. And still, sales tax is the city’s greatest form of income. So shop local when you can!