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Transit Occupancy Tax Growth
updated: Jan 25, 2013, 11:14 AM

Source: City of Santa Barbara

The City received just over $788,183 in Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) for the month of December 2012. The results were 11% over the previous December, despite having one fewer weekend day.

December marks the mid-point in the City's fiscal year. Through the first six months, TOT is ahead of budget by approximately $77,000 with over $7.9 million received year-to-date. TOT has grown 7.1% compared to budgeted growth of 6.1%. The current budget for TOT is $14,489,200.

The Transient Occupancy Tax table can be viewed here:


Previous Revenue News releases can be viewed here:


Comments in order of when they were received | (reverse order)

 COMMENT 367382P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-25 11:39 AM

Wonder what per cent of these revenues are from the many vacation house rentals in Santa Barbara.


 COMMENT 367401 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-25 12:12 PM

How about the VOT (Vagrancy Occupancy Tax)? Oh wait, I think we're all paying that already, in the form of higher law enforcement and firefighter expenditures, a bursting jail, more DUI arrests, more trash, worn sloppy parks, etc etc etc....


 COMMENT 367403 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-25 12:13 PM

Wasn't the TOT percentage rate increased last year? if so how much of an impact does that have in the year over year comparison?


 COMMENT 367404 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-25 12:13 PM

Wish I understood what the point of 401's post was.


 COMMENT 367406 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-25 12:15 PM

Too funny! I was going to say you'd think a tax would encourage the transients to leave...


 COMMENT 367431 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-25 01:02 PM

Re: 403 I believe you may be thinking of the November election in which several local cities increased their TOT to 12%, which is what the city of Santa Barbara already had. Goleta, Buellton, Solvang, Carpinteria all passed measures that raised it to 12%.


 COMMENT 367436 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-25 01:15 PM

Wow! Hotels pay the city 12% of their room fee's? Do they pay 12% of room service income too? On a $200 a night room how much goes out in taxes, Fed, State, and City? 50-60%?


 COMMENT 367440 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-25 01:26 PM

@436 it's not the hotel that pays, it's the guest. If you ever stay at hotel you'll notice this tax on the bill (that's on top of the room rate). Also it's occupancy tax so it is only tax on the room rental.


 COMMENT 367447P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-25 01:47 PM

Yes, the guest does pay the tax but ultimately the hotel is the one that pays. That is because the room rate with the tax is higher than without the tax. The guest has less money to spend on the trip so they will make up the difference in some way such as to stay less time. This would then equate to less revenue for the hotel.


 COMMENT 367505P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-25 04:45 PM

10% of the bed tax goes to the city, the other 2% goes to the creeks division. This was voted in by city residents. I was one of those that voted against the added 2%.

Why? Because why should tourists pay to clean up what the residents pollute?


 COMMENT 367540 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-25 07:18 PM

Because the residents don't want to? I think tourists pay for a lot so we don't have to.


 COMMENT 367692 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-26 10:12 AM

I think charging an extra 12% tax on visitors is greedy. The hotels are already expensive enough. Do we really want to discourage tourism?


 COMMENT 367727P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-26 11:55 AM

I think charging a tourist tax is a good idea.

Otherwise, why would we want all of those extra people to come here and impact our area?


 COMMENT 367752P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-26 01:03 PM

727, maybe we would want to encourage tourists with little or no hotel taxes because they create jobs here for OUR economy. They stay in hotels, drink, eat, shop, etc. All of this activity creates jobs. They pay sales taxes on all of these activities.


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