Last month, the City of Santa Barbara received $5.05 million in sales tax for the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2012, marking the first sales tax payment received in the current fiscal year.
Sales tax growth for the September quarter was 5.2 percent higher than receipts in the same quarter of last fiscal year. Since sales tax is received quarterly from the state and one quarter in arrears, the first sales tax payment of each fiscal year is not received until December.
Sales tax is the second-largest General Fund revenue and continues to show recovery from growth lost during the recession. However, the September quarter receipts are still lower than the amount of sales tax received in the September quarter of fiscal year 2006.
The sales tax budget for fiscal year 2013, developed in March of last year, is $19,590,700 and assumes a growth estimate of 4 percent from the fiscal year 2012 year-end projection. However, actual sales tax last year exceeded staff’s projection, so the current year’s sales tax is only required to grow 2.4 percent in order to meet budget. Year-to-date growth after one quarter is 5.2 percent and is approximately $127,600 ahead of budget.
Sales tax results for the December quarter, including sales during the holiday shopping season, will be available in March.
Transient Occupancy Tax Grows 5.7% in November
The transient occupancy tax (TOT) collected in November 2012 was 5.7 percent above the amount collected in November 2011, with one additional November weekend day this year.
TOT continues to be a strong performer, posting overall growth of 6.7 percent through November. Year-to-date, more than $7.1 million in TOT has been collected. The fiscal year 2013 TOT budget is $14,489,200 and factors in an estimated growth rate of 6.1 percent over last year’s collections, which was the highest year on record. Currently, TOT is about $41,000 ahead of the adopted budget.
— Jill Taura is the treasury manager for the City of Santa Barbara.