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A graph from the Santa Barbara County budget workshop Tuesday shows the impacts the dotcom and housing market crashes had on property tax revenues compared to the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery.

Santa Barbara County’s financial condition is stable, but staff is recommending caution in increasing spending as the Board of Supervisors begins three days of workshops on the preliminary 2023-24 fiscal year budget.

To illustrate that advice, County Executive Officer Mona Miyasato used a road sign that said “Buckle Up & Drive Carefully.”

That was based in large part on the uncertainty of the state budget deficit and the economy as a whole, as state and federal resources make up 40% of the county’s budget.

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A bar graph from Tuesday's budget workshop charts the rise in property tax revenues in Santa Barbara County from the 2019-20 through 2022-23 adopted budgets compared to the preliminary 2023-24 budget.

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Transient occupancy tax and sales tax revenues in Santa Barbara County are compared in this bar graph presented during Tuesday's budget workshop.


County Reporter/Associate Editor

Lee Central Coast Newspapers associate editor Mike Hodgson covers Santa Barbara County government and events and issues in Santa Ynez Valley. Follow him on Twitter @MHodgsonSYVNews.

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