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No Support for Oil Tax Plan in Santa Barbara County

Published On: Jan 21 2014 09:34:33 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 22 2014 11:01:20 AM CST

Santa Barbara County is looking for money to cover growing costs.


A plan to tax each barrel of oil produced in Santa Barbara County will not be on the June ballot.

The proposal was received and "filed" by the Board of Supervisors this afternoon.

A county report said the tax could have generated an estimated $4-million a year.

The county is hoping to find new funds to pay for library services year-round, park maintenance, and new fire stations.  

Supervisors Chairman Steve Lavagnino says he has seen information that shows an oil tax would not pass if it went before voters in the June Primary.

He would like to see a possible increase in the Transient Occupancy Tax (also known as the Bed Tax) go through  a county study.  That could be on the November ballot.  It would take an approval of two thirds of the voters to pass. 

(more information on this story will be posted later today.)


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