SANTA BARBARA — The city of Santa Barbara’s September transient occupancy taxes amounted to $2.8 million — about $964,000 above September 2020’s revenue. Three months into Fiscal Year 2022, the city has amassed $9,884,699 of its $23,400,000 goal.
Compared to September 2019, last month’s collections were 20% higher. Hotel daily rates are 39% higher than September 2019.
The city predicts an increase in demand continuing throughout the fall.
Of the 12% transient occupancy tax, often called a bed tax, 10% goes to the city’s general fund. And 2% contributes to the creeks and clean water fund.
— Annelise Hanshaw