Tax Results for the City of Santa Barbara

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Source: City of Santa Barbara

Sales Tax Results for the Quarter Ended December 31, 2018

Santa Barbara received $6.07 million in sales tax revenues during the quarter ended December 31, 2018, which is 13.4% more than the same quarter last year. This unusually high growth is due to the impacts of the Thomas Fire in December 2018. By way of comparison, the two year growth from December 2016 to December 2018 is 7.1%.    

As the second largest General Fund revenue, the sales tax budget for fiscal year is $21,865,700. Sales tax results for the March quarter will be available later in May 2019.

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

Transient Occupancy Tax Results for the City of Santa Barbara

The City of Santa Barbara collected approximately $1.44 million in transient occupancy taxes (TOT) for March 2019, which is 3.9% above March of last year.  

The City has collected approximately $14.28 million in TOT revenues through the first nine months of this fiscal year, which runs from July 1 through June 30.  The City’s adopted TOT budget is $19,605,700.

The Transient Occupancy Tax table can be viewed here

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a-1590923427 May 09, 2019 07:44 AM
Tax Results for the City of Santa Barbara

Notice how they are getting all excited about taxing everyone more as if it's a good thing? However, every time they count there's that fear it might go down. People might "shop" elsewhere or stop spending. With no doubt, when it does "come to an end" it will thud like a rock. We all know these collected revenues are being spent mostly on pensions derived from years ago. Very little of this collected money is put back into the economy.

NotReallyDave May 08, 2019 07:31 PM
Tax Results for the City of Santa Barbara

Well, you know those pension costs will not go away. The City Attorney is hard at work crafting more "precision" ordinances and permits to help his fellow employees for the future. His pension alone will be huge.

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