Santa Barbara- S County

No Support for Oil Tax Plan in Santa Barbara County

Some studies show it would fail if it is on the June ballot

Oil Tax

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - 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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