Tax Results for the City of Santa Barbara

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Source: City of Santa Barbara

The City of Santa Barbara collected $1,593,374 in transient occupancy taxes (TOT) for August 2020. The Covid-19 pandemic and the related response continues to affect the local travel industry. TOT revenues in August 2020 were 33.2% below August last year; however, TOT revenues have been steadily increasing each month since April of 2020.

The City has collected $2,797,599 through two months of the City’s fiscal year, which runs from July 1 through June 30.  The City’s adopted TOT budget is $17,241,134. 

The Transient Occupancy Tax table can be viewed here.

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PitMix Oct 19, 2020 11:51 AM
Tax Results for the City of Santa Barbara

Did anyone else notice that based on the $ collected in the 1st 2 months, they are on track to received their full budget for this year? So either they are doing fine, or they have adjusted their budget to reflect the decreased income. Either way, it seems like they know what they are doing. I expect to see some apologies to the City from the criticons on this site.

fitz Oct 17, 2020 09:56 AM
Tax Results for the City of Santa Barbara

Why would anyone want to come here and walk a waterfront that is now an encampment along the beach. Are those homeless practicing any anti-covid measures? masks? 6 ft.? I doubt it. Look at our highways........totally trashed and also lined with tents/encampments. Why doesn't the Chamber of Commerce or Downtown Assoc. or visitors bureau demand that the city get all this cleaned up. I am glad State St. is open but that is another mess with no enforcement of covid measures. More and more locals are avoiding it, especially those with children.

PitMix Oct 19, 2020 11:48 AM
Tax Results for the City of Santa Barbara

You think it is better anywhere else? We are still a paradise compared to most of CA unless you live in a gated enclave like Hope Ranch or Montecito. All those people down at the Waterfront on weekends attests to that.

Byzantium Oct 17, 2020 09:38 AM
Tax Results for the City of Santa Barbara

When "government" is the biggest employer in the city, revenue has to come from somewhere. Since "government" produces nothing other than brining in outside grants that come with so many strings attached, any sense of local decision making autonomy is thrown out the window. Tourism and pensions (affluent retired persons) was the primary ecomic driver in the 1970's. Now it is "government". And Cottage Hospital, who essentially floats on "government" subsidized health care delivery too -Medicare, MediCal and government employee health insurance plans. How does one build a sustainable municipal model off primarily "government" funding? Goleta looks like it took all the private high tech industry resources. SB is not an industrial or manufacturing town. Small businesses got crushed. So its one remaining independent strength, like it or not, is the hospitality business - which has been materially harmed by accommodating the recent massive vagrancy invasions. Challenges lie ahead ,but building on only wishful thinking solves nothing. Hard knocks and reality bites are necessary. Covid pushed the re-set button and everyone must engage in this re-visioning and buy-in process. Which also means masses of new "affordable housing" (government expense subsidized housing ) have absolutely no role to play in this new sustainable economic model.

pstarSR Oct 17, 2020 09:07 AM
Tax Results for the City of Santa Barbara

its always easier to point a finger! I for one have always thought depending on tourism to sustain a city was a bad idea. but everyone else seems to think we have nothing else to offer, and citys are a "business" and should be making money. ( not looking to talk about where our cities money comes from, this isnt the place )

a-1602948420 Oct 17, 2020 08:27 AM
Tax Results for the City of Santa Barbara

These unprecedented times are affecting us all - people's budgets, company's budgets, governement's budgets. It is easy to focus only on blaming the government.

USA in ruins Oct 17, 2020 05:35 AM
Tax Results for the City of Santa Barbara

It's a spending problem. But covid-19 has now made it also a revenue problem. So much waste. Pensions are out of control. Bed tax was never a good idea. Made vacations a stay at home for many families.

Monitor Oct 17, 2020 01:48 AM
Tax Results for the City of Santa Barbara

Object lesson here, that cities and counties should not build budgets - and commitments - on sources external to their jurisdiction. TOT seemed like 'free money' to local government; people kicked in big bucks but don't require on-going services from local government. What a deal! Seemed perfect - who is going to resist a few bucks extra on top of big hotel costs? Until they don't come to town. This will work out, but hopefully the city won't plan on long-term commitments based on historic tax revenues from visitors. As we can see, those sources can dry up.

a-1602891909 Oct 16, 2020 04:45 PM
Tax Results for the City of Santa Barbara

What does the city's Plan B look like - they have had 6 months to prepare one. Cut back expenses, go into debt, raise taxes, file for municipal bankruptcy, draw on reserves with a pay back plan, ask for voluntary contributions to our own favorite city programs..........? One thing is certain, reducing promised pay and benefit increases to the city employee unions is not reducing expenses.

SantaBarbaraNative Oct 17, 2020 07:26 AM
Tax Results for the City of Santa Barbara

To have a Plan B they would need a Plan A. No one in City management has a plan, they only do what was done the year before and either add a little or keep it the same.

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