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:

Body of Los Angeles Firefighter Found in Montecito Mountains

Captain Wayne Habell had been reported missing on August 13.

Natural Disaster Federal Loan Update

The U.S. Small Business Administration offers low rates.

Laura’s Law Program Praised by County 

The Assisted Outpatient Treatment program tackles serious mental-health issues.

Front Fire Tops 1,000 Acres in Los Padres National Forest

Containment was estimated at 5% on Monday morning.

Runner-Up Protests City Pot Pick

SGSB says retail selection result was "manifestly unfair."