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Proposal To Raise Bed Tax In Santa Barbara County Fails To Get Support From County Supervisors To Make November Ballot

Posted on Wednesday, July 4, 2012 12:08am

A proposal to ask voters to increase the bed tax in the unincorporated areas of Santa Barbara County won’t be on the November ballot, after the idea failed to get the needed support from County Supervisors Tuesday afternoon to pass.

The County currently has a 10% transient occupancy tax on hotel and motel guests visiting the county, which generates about seven million dollars a year.

But, the County is going to start losing more than a million dollars of that money annually to Goleta, which will start claiming the revenue.

County Supervisor Steve Lavagnino proposed raising the tax to 12%, which would help make up for the shortfall. But, Supervisor Janet Wolf said the proposal’s wording needed work, and she wouldn’t support it.

After Lavagnino saw that he would be unable to get the necessary support, he dropped the plan without calling for a vote.

Santa Barbara currently has a 12% hotel bed tax, while Carpinteria, Goleta, and Solvang are among the communities seeking voter support to go from 10, to 12%.

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