Santa Barbara County’s Mid-Year Financial Condition Looks Better Than Expected | Government and Politics

Santa Barbara County's Mid-Year Financial Condition Looks Better Than Expected |  Government and Politics

Clementi also noted that the CARES Act may reimburse the county for the sheriff’s office fees to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, which includes an increase in overtime.

General revenues that exceeded those expected during last year’s budgeting include property taxes guaranteed by more $ 3.5 million, cannabis taxes of nearly $ 3.4 million, land transfer taxes of nearly $ 2.5 million, and sales taxes of more of $ 1.7 million.

“I’m going to take this opportunity to talk about cannabis tax revenues and let that speak for itself,” said 5th District supervisor Steve Lavagnino, who has previously responded to criticism of commercial cannabis by pointing out how the taxes it generates have helped maintain county services.

But others did not pass up the opportunity.

“Cannabis has saved public services,” said 1st District Supervisor Das Williams, who said the county’s financial experience this year was “very different” from other jurisdictions.

He agreed with the suggestion of 3rd District Supervisor Joan Hartmann that at least a portion of cannabis tax revenues be considered a permanent source, rather than “one-time funds” spent on various services as needed.

Williams specifically pointed out that the unfunded needs of county libraries, which were largely covered by cannabis revenues, are an ongoing expense.

County executive director Mona Miyasato said the council will hear a report on cannabis at its meeting next week and will have several …

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