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Santa Barbara Independent | August 03, 2014 | by JANICE BATTLES
From a strictly economic standpoint, the oil companies in 2013 alone gave over $16.4 million to the county government with $10.2 million of that going to local schools and another $2.1 million to fire protection agencies, but all of this pales in comparison to $291 million that the oil companies contribute to our local economy as a whole. In terms of the effects on the community, oil companies employ over 2,000 people in Santa Barbara County. Those employees are hard-working families and citizens who would be out of work overnight should Measure P pass.
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