Santa Barbara Tax Revenue Decreased Due to COVID-19

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Sales Tax Results for the City of Santa Barbara - Quarter Ended September 30, 2020

The City of Santa Barbara received $5.9 million in sales tax revenue during the quarter ended September 30, 2020, which is 7% below the same quarter last year. This decline is largely because of the reduced economic activity due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related response, which has affected nearly all economic sectors in the economy.

As the second largest General Fund revenue, the sales tax budget for fiscal year 2021 is $22.2 million. Staff are currently projecting sales tax revenue to end the fiscal year at approximately $20.5 million, approximately 7% less than the budget. These quarter-end results are consistent with the current sales tax projection.  Sales tax results for the December quarter will be available in February 2020.

For additional information on recent sales tax results, click here.

Transient Occupancy Tax Results for the City of Santa Barbara – Month Ended October 31, 2020

The City of Santa Barbara collected $1.5 million in transient occupancy taxes (TOT) for October 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic and the related response continues to affect the local travel industry. TOT revenues in October 2020 were 17.5% below October last year; however, TOT revenues have been steadily increasing since April of 2020.

The City has collected $5.8 million through four months of the City’s fiscal year, which runs from July 1 through June 30.  The City’s adopted TOT budget is $17.2 million. Staff are currently projecting TOT revenue to end the fiscal year at approximately $16.7 million, approximately 3% less than the budget.  These month-end results are consistent with the current TOT projection. 

The Transient Occupancy Tax table can be viewed here.

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NostraChumash Dec 03, 2020 10:56 AM
Santa Barbara Tax Revenue Decreased Due to COVID-19

Considering how poorly the rest of the state is doing, I'd say we're not so bad off.
SB has not closed it's doors for an instant, since the start of covid, so yeah, we've had plenty of paying visitors.

sbsweetpea Dec 03, 2020 07:32 PM
Santa Barbara Tax Revenue Decreased Due to COVID-19

I would say 7% and 3% below last year's numbers, are good numbers for this year.
Since most people are stuck at home,many are not working, (including myself) and most
people don't have the money nor the desire to travel. I wish my finances were down only 3%-7%. My income is down by at least 50%. We will survive!

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