City of Santa Barbara to Layoff 400 Employees
By edhat staff
The City of Santa Barbara is expected to layoff approximately 400 employees due to the COVID-19 crisis.
Layoff notices were sent out on Friday citing an expected 25% reduction in revenue, approximately $30 - 33 million dollars.
The city's main revenue sources stem from property taxes, sales taxes, and hotel bed taxes. Revenue from hotel bed and sales tax has almost completely stopped. The current revenue is expected to fund essential services including the fire department, police department, and utilities.
The employees expected to be laid off are considered "non-essential" due to Governor Newsom's public health order. These include library employees, parking lot attendants, park and recreation employees, and lifeguards.
The city hopes to rehire the majority of the laid-off employees in the future.