Santa Barbara County Taxpayers Association

Promoting lower taxes since 1956

 Annual Appeal
The Santa Barbara County Taxpayers Association (SBCTA) is one of the most respected and influential organizations in Santa Barbara County. In fact, according to a countywide survey, when asked which community organization influences them on matters of importance to their community, SBCTA came out on top.
Fifty-four percent (54%) of survey respondents listed the County Taxpayers Association as the most influential community group on matters most important to them. Indeed, today, the Taxpayers Association has more influence than the League of Women Voters, Sierra Club, Environmental Defense Center, Citizens Planning Association (CPA) and Get Oil Out! (GOO).  SBCTA out-polled GOO and CPA 54% to 39% and 54% to 35%, respectively.

SBCTA, perhaps more than at any time in our organizations history, plays a vital role in how local governments throughout our county make fiscal decisions. This is especially true with respect to spending and raising taxes.

Recently SBCTA persuading the County Board of Supervisors to create a commission to study reforms to the county’s employee pension program, and we brought major media attention to this issue in a widely covered press conference held on the steps of the County’s Administration Building.


Currently SBCTA is preparing a major study of economic vitality programs, which ones work, which ones don’t, and the best approach for Santa Barbara County. This paper will speak truth to power and touch on the value of oil and gas development including onshore oil production.

SBCTA is a county-wide organization that exists for the benefit of county taxpayers. We rely on the support of people like you to help us accomplish our mission, which is to identify waste, fraud, and inefficiency in government while promoting fiscal responsibility and lower taxes. SBCTA does this without receiving a penny of taxpayer money.


This is why SBCTA’s annual “Appeal” is so essential to the organization's operating budget and plays such an important role in determining SBCTA's ability to pursue next year’s goals and fulfilling our valuable watchdog role in the county. A role, as indicated by the poll results, that county taxpayer’s value highly.


This year’s fundraising goal is $25,000. Will you please help us reach this goal? Will you please contribute and help us advocate, inform, and communicate with the taxpayers this year and next year so we can hold local governments accountable and ensure they live within their means?

You can do this by making an end-of-year (tax deductible) donation to this year’s Annual Appeal by just clicking the Donate link below!

Will you please consider sending your donation in the amount of: $10,000, $7,500, $5,000, $2,500, $1,000, $500, or any other amount you can to: SBCTA at P.O. Box 21621, Santa Barbara, CA 93121? Or, click on the Donate link below!

I want to thank you in advance for your continuing support and generosity and for supporting the important work of the Santa Barbara County Taxpayers Association.



Joe Armendariz
Executive Director