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Mission Statement

Our mission is to bill and collect all property taxation, and process all payments; to provide banking services; to invest revenue received by the County, schools, and special districts; and to administer the County’s debt program, deferred compensation plan, decedents’ estates, public conservatorships, and veterans’ services.

About the Department

The budget programs of the Treasurer-Tax Collector-Public Administrator (TTCPA) Department are Administration & Support, Treasury, Tax & Collections, and Public Assistance.   The TTCPA has staff that provides services in Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, and Lompoc.


The focus of the TTCPA is the continuation and enhancement of the following broad range of services:


Property tax billing and collection, 

Banking services for County departments, schools, and special districts, 

Investing public funds with goals of preservation of public agency funds, protection of capital, maintenance of sufficient cash flow to meet daily warrant demands and earning a market rate of return at minimum risk, 

Administering the County’s debt program, 

Administering the County’s deferred compensation plan, 

Administering decedent estates and conservatorships, and 

Assisting County veterans in obtaining state and federal benefits.

Recommended Changes and Operational Impact



The TTCPA has a projected staff of 44.0 employees with centralized operations in Santa Barbara, and satellite operations in Santa Maria and Lompoc.  There will be a reduction of 1 Informational Technology position in fiscal year 2017-18.


Net operating expenditure increase of $195,000 is primarily due to:

o+$140,000 increase in Salaries and Employee Benefits due to increases in departmental retirement costs, employee salaries, and other benefits;

o+$59,000 increase in software maintenance.


Net non-operating expenditure increase of $188,000 is primarily due to:

o+$156,000 increase in intra-department transfers to balance programs;

o+$100,000 increase in Other Financing Uses for a Public Administrator/Guardian storage building;

o-$68,000 decrease is due to usage of fund balance.


These changes result in Recommended operating expenditures of $7,723,000, non-operating expenditures of $1,387,000, and total expenditures of $9,110,000.  Non-operating expenditures are primarily Intrafund expenditure transfers and capital assets.



Net operating revenue increase of $212,000 primarily consists of:

o+$271,000 increase in Charges for Services due to a higher projected indirect cost rate; 

o-$30,000 decrease in Tax Collector Cost Collection fees;

o-$22,000 decrease in State Aid for Veterans Affairs;

o-$7,000 decrease in Business License revenue.


Net non-operating revenue increase of $171,000 primarily consists of:

o+$156,000 increase in intra-departmental transfers to balance programs;

o-$85,000 decrease in General Fund contribution; 

o+$100,000 increase to Tax Collector Projects fund balance for Public Administrator/Guardian storage building.


These changes result in Recommended operating revenues of $3,987,000, non-operating revenues of $5,124,000, resulting in total revenues of $9,110,000.  Non-operating revenues primarily include General Fund Contribution, transfers, and decreases to fund balances.

Proposed Changes and Operational Impact


The FY 2018-19 Proposed expenditures reflect a $364,000 decrease from the FY 2017-18 Recommended budget which is primarily the result of:


-$268,000 decrease in Capital Assets due to the completion of Phase 2 of the new Property Tax System conversion project 

+$300,000 increase in salaries, retirement contributions and other benefits

-$263,000 decrease in intra-department transfers resulting from a decreased indirect cost rate

-$100,000 decrease in Other Financing Uses resulting from funding of Public Administrator/Guardian building in prior year

-$35,000 decrease in software maintenance costs

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