Chambers of Commerce Form Coalition to Support Temporary Trucking Permit
Santa Barbara County Chamber Coalition Joins Forces and Rolls Out Economic Report
Santa Barbara, July 18, 2019 – Chambers of Commerce from across Santa Barbara County are coming together to voice their support for the restart of ExxonMobil’s Santa Ynez Unit (SYU). The newly-formed Santa Barbara County Chamber Coalition commissioned a report from the California Economic Forecast into the economic and fiscal impacts of restoring SYU’s interim and full oil production in Santa Barbara County.
This important facility has been idle since May 2015. Until a pipeline alternative becomes available, ExxonMobil is pursuing a temporary trucking permit to transport crude oil to market – allowing for a phased restart of SYU. The interim trucking proposal would result in the creation of hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in new income and spending.
Restarting SYU would create a meaningful increase in funding to Santa Barbara County public safety, fire protection, local government services and the local K-14 public school system. Key findings of the report tie the vital funding missing from Santa Barbara County to the shutdown of SYU.
“The findings from this study show that a lot is at stake, not only for the employees and their families but for our County,” said Kristen Miller, President and CEO of the Goleta Valley Chamber of Commerce. “The revenues generated by the SYU facility go to fund our local schools, our police, firefighters and more. We simply can’t wait any longer, we must restart SYU now.”
“The Northern County K-14 school system, including Allan Hancock Community College, stands to benefit from these additional revenues. It’s time to get people back to work and to get these revenues flowing again,” said Etta Waterfield, Santa Maria City councilmember.
“Public Safety is a large part of the County’s General Fund. When the General Fund takes a hit, so does public safety. Everyone is feeling the crunch from the lack of staffing that we have. We want to be better staffed to serve the County and restarting SYU is a great way to do it,” said Neil Gowing, President, Santa Barbara County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association.
Other Key Findings:
• The SYU restart adds 218 direct jobs with average salaries that are 27% higher than the average County resident salary
• Restarting SYU will provide millions in additional annual revenues to the Santa Barbara County General Fund, K-14 schools including Allan Hancock Community College and to Santa Barbara County Fire
• The project will provide $1.07 million per year that will help the County Fire Department increase staffing and training, in addition to covering their equipment needs
• The Lompoc Valley Medical Center will receive critical funding to continue providing services to the overwhelmingly low-income population they serve – the median household income in Lompoc is 42% less than the median County household in come
• ExxonMobil will invest more than $40 million per year in the Santa Barbara County economy to maintain SYU operations
At a Glance:
Property Tax Recipients of the Project - Santa Barbara County (Pg. 33)
SB County General Fund: 1,798,739
SB County Fire Protection: 1,078,345
Misc. County (Flood, Water, Vector, Cemetery): 181,428
Lompoc Hospital District: 71,300
Vista Del Mar School District: 693,600
Santa Ynez Valley High School: 734,892
Santa Ynez River Water CD: 11,732
5 Santa Barbara County schools*: 1,248,476
Allan Hancock Comm College: 476,600
County School Service Fund: 329,556
Education Rev Aug Fund: 954,333
Allan Hancock CC: 139,406
Santa Ynez Valley High School: 89,315
Lompoc Hospital: 259,146
Lompoc Unified: 275,001
Total Tax: $8,341,868
*Santa Maria Jt HS Dist, Lompoc Unified, Blochman Union, Cuyama Elementary & Cuyama HS
About the Santa Barbara County Chamber Coalition: The Santa Barbara County Chamber Coalition was formed to support bringing back jobs and economic vitality to Santa Barbara County through a phased restart of the Santa Ynez Unit. The coalition consists of the Goleta Chamber of Commerce, Buellton Chamber of Commerce, Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce, Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce, Solvang Chamber of Commerce and Lompoc Chamber of Commerce.