Santa Barbara Hotel Tax for September 2021

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Source: City of Santa Barbara

The City of Santa Barbara collected $2.8 million in transient occupancy taxes (TOT) for September 2021. TOT revenues in September 2021 were about $964,000 above September collections last year—which was significantly impacted by COVID-19 restrictions and travel advisories.  Compared to September 2019,  revenues were higher by 20%; however, this is largely due to increased average daily rates, which are 39% higher than September 2019.

The local travel industry is now seeing increases in demand for rooms relative to recent months that is likely to continue throughout the fall as the State has lifted travel advisories and as access to vaccinations has become more widely available. 

The City has collected $9.9 million through September, the third month in the City’s fiscal year. The City’s adopted TOT budget for all funds is $23.4 million, of which $19.5 million is budgeted in the General Fund. 

The Transient Occupancy Tax table can be viewed here. The City’s TOT tax rate is 12%.  10% goes to the City’s General Fund and the remaining 2% goes to the Creeks/Clean Water Fund.  The table has been revised to report total TOT revenues collected.

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PitMix Oct 29, 2021 11:22 AM
Santa Barbara Hotel Tax for September 2021

And my property taxes went up 15% this year! What are our local governments going to do with all of this extra money? I'm sure the new mayor will consider giving some of it back to us.

Byzantium Oct 29, 2021 11:35 AM
Santa Barbara Hotel Tax for September 2021

Pitmix, did you add up your school bond taxes on your property tax bill and compare them to prior years, as well as campaign promises made when the school districts asked you to pass them. They often are not fixed annual amounts, so this is where any increases in your total bill might accrue. The city does not levy property taxes, so don't ask the mayor to bail out your own voter missteps that have eroded your original fixed Prop 13 property tax protections.

PitMix Oct 29, 2021 04:18 PM
Santa Barbara Hotel Tax for September 2021

Byz, the Cities most definitely get property tax revenue! They just let the County send out the bills.
"All counties and cities in California receive property tax revenues. ... For all counties and most cities and non-enterprise special districts, property taxes are the largest source of discretionary revenues." School bonds added up to $500, so was a relatively small amount of the total. The total valuation of my house is now back to almost the Prop 13 limit, which is why the big increase.

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