City Posts Dramatic Gains in Sales and Bed Taxes

The City of Santa Barbara is almost out of the fiscal woods — but not quite — after posting dramatic gains in sales taxes and bed taxes for the past year. As a result, City Hall finished the year with $1.8 million in unspent revenues left over in the general fund. City Finance Director Bob Samario began the year projecting a shortfall of $1.5 million. In the last fiscal year, city sales taxes were up 9.1 percent over the previous year. Likewise, bed taxes were up 9.7 percent. Last year’s national average, Samario said, ranges between 5 and 6 percent.

To submit a comment on this article, email or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email

event calendar sponsored by:

Dos Pueblos High School Stirs Political Pot

Senior-class picture features MAGA and LIBERALS!

Community Forum Provides Updates on Immigration Enforcement

About 9 percent of people in Santa Barbara County are undocumented.

Santa Barbara Launches Interactive Street Sweep Map

Users can identify dates, times, and routes for street sweeping by address and colored areas.

Santa Barbara Zoo Bids Farewell to Beloved Elephant

Sujatha passes away at 47 years old.

Disaster Relief Rundown for Santa Barbara 

A tally of nonprofit giving since the Thomas Fire and 1/9 Debris Flow.