September 29, 2023
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Sales tax increase could backfire


New managers of the Paseo Nuevo mall in downtown Santa Barbara plan to add new tenants and make renovations. (Alex Kacik)
Voters in the city of Santa Barbara will decide in November whether to raise the sales tax 1 percent to generate $22 million per year to fund a backlog of infrastructure improvements. With sales and transient occupancy taxes on the decline, Santa Barbara is throwing a Hail Mary pass hoping voters catch the ball in…


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