taxes

Greta Mart

On Thursday evening, San Luis Obispo County is hosting an open house on cannabis taxation. County officials are looking for public input on what type and amount of tax the county will charge, on top of the statewide tax.

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A survey out this week shows small business owners rank California near the bottom of a nationwide survey showing which cities and states offer the most business-friendly environments.

More than 12,000 business owners participated, making it the largest of its kind according to Thumbtack.com, the company that conducted it.

Tourism tax dollars on the rise in Santa Barbara

May 27, 2014
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The tourism industry in Santa Barbara—or at least the lodging portion of it—is on the upswing with more than $1.4 million collected through the city's Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) in April. That's a 23 percent increase from the same period last year.

Santa Barbara's fiscal calendar ends in June, and so far the TOT  is on target to exceed growth of more than 10 percent, year-over-year.

So far the city has collected more than $13.6 million for the fiscal year.

The Atascadero City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to consider raising the city's sales tax by a half percent. The goal would be to raise nearly $2 million with the primary purpose of funding road repairs.

Tuesday's decision simply directs city staff to gather public opinion, as well as construct language for a ballot measure to put before voters in November. The council will consider the staff proposal in June.