Tax Results for the City of Santa Barbara

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Source: City of Santa Barbara

The City of Santa Barbara collected approximately $337,000 in transient occupancy taxes (TOT) for May 2020. The Covid-19 pandemic and related response has severely affected the local travel industry. TOT revenues in May 2020 were 80% below May last year. 

The City has collected approximately $14.3 million in TOT revenues through the first eleven months of this fiscal year, which runs from July 1 through June 30.  The City’s adopted TOT budget is $19,989,179. 

The Transient Occupancy Tax table can be viewed here.

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OpossumBoy Jul 01, 2020 02:06 PM
Tax Results for the City of Santa Barbara

“ 80% below May last year” seems rather confusing wording to me. Checking the TOT table, I see that income from occupancy taxes were 20% of what they were in May, 2019. Doesn’t that wording seem more clear to you? It does to me...

SantaBarbaraObserver Jul 01, 2020 09:40 AM
Tax Results for the City of Santa Barbara

Austerity and bankruptcy are inevitable without a significant change in the city's budget and its incredibly bloated and over paid workforce. And no, laying off the $14 an hour part timers does not begin to address or resolve the problem. We are going broke and Casey and Murillo are steering us directly into the iceberg... Look for major tax increases, fee increases, service reductions and more and more debt just to maintain our current course. Know that we couldn't service our city during the biggest boom times and now we're heading into a 50% reduction in revenues. This city is like a drunken gambler and will not stop its habits until its all gone, every last penny and every last option... Read the reports. Study the figures. We are going broke. The city is failing.

reloadSB Jun 30, 2020 09:03 PM
Tax Results for the City of Santa Barbara

They laid off 400 employees 3 months ago. So “started” was 2 months before this May data. And many city employees, including union employees are not getting their annual raises that were already agreed upon by the city. So all of these comments are complaining about mostly false information. As far as Mr Casey goes, his raise snuck in before Covid. These city council members have no plan how to fix our bleeding community. They never have.

a-1594327752 Jun 30, 2020 04:11 PM
Tax Results for the City of Santa Barbara

Why would they do that? I'm sure they will all get a raise in their pay as a "hazardous job pay" and just raise sales tax.... again.

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