Santa Maria Taking In More Money Than Anticipated

A new report shows the city of Santa Maria is taking in more money than expected. Officials say that’s due in large part to sales and property tax. The city saw a 1.6 million dollars increase this year. Measure U tax revenues are 36% over what was projected. New developments also contribute to the city’s coffers. But the report also says Santa Maria is dealing with a poverty rate over 13 percent. Officials say they are trying to lower that rate by bringing in new businesses with higher-paying jobs.

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