Santa Barbara officials say strong sales tax, and transient occupancy tax revenues have helped reduce what was originally projected as a $2.7 million dollar budget gap for the upcoming fiscal year to less than a million dollars.
In a proposed $252 million dollar budget released today, officials say they think they can close the gap with an insurance rebate, and savings in some capital projects.
The city says while it needed employee concessions the last three years to balance its budget, they won’t be seeking new cuts from workers.
Officials do say as the result of a legal settlement with an environmental group over sewage leaks, they will have to implement a 10% hike in sewer rates to pay for the upgrades.
The proposed budget also calls for funding the installation of video camera systems in police patrol cars, a idea that’s been investigated by the department, and called for in a grand jury report.
Santa Barbara, like most cities and counties in the region, has been struggling to deal with the impacts of state funding cuts.