Short answer: Over $1,600 per resident in 2014 — 1/3 from hotel taxes — which was 93rd percentile statewide but less than other westside cities

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More than half of the City’s revenue comes from taxes. We compared West Hollywood’s tax revenue to the other 481 cities and towns in California, particularly nearby cities, using data from the State Controller’s Office (SCO).

According to the SCO numbers, West Hollywood collected $1,639 in tax revenue per resident in 2014. That put West Hollywood in the 93rd percentile among California’s cities and towns. It was more than twice the statewide average of $776 per resident. You can see more detailed numbers by hovering over or touching the pieces of the chart below.

Notes: In some cases, the SCO numbers may differ from a city’s audited financials. Revenue-per-resident values were calculated using the SCO population estimates. The state average was calculated by adding up the tax revenues for all 482 cities and towns and then dividing that sum by the total estimated population for all 482. 2014 is the fiscal year ending in 2014. Sources: California State Controller’s Office, “City Totals and Subtotals” dataset, accessed March 13, 2016; our analysis.

In 2014, West Hollywood at $1,639 had 60% more tax revenue per resident than Los Angeles ($1,019). However, West Hollywood’s tax revenue per resident was about a third of Beverly Hills’ ($4,595), roughly half of Santa Monica’s ($2,920), and three-quarters of Culver City’s ($2,152).

We tried to identify which California cities had per-resident numbers closest to West Hollywood’s across the five tax categories. The answer depended on how we defined “closest”. South Lake Tahoe, Burlingame (in the Bay Area), and Big Bear Lake were among the closest overall. Palm Springs and Santa Monica were also fairly close.


Hotel tax

The biggest source of West Hollywood’s tax revenue is the hotel tax, formally known as the transient occupancy tax (TOT) or transient lodging tax. The City collected $541 of this tax per resident in 2014, almost 10 times the statewide average of $58. That puts the City in the 97th percentile among California cities. Santa Monica collected a similar amount per capita (actually about 10% less). Beverly Hills collected about 75% more.

Notes and sources: Same as above

Hotel taxes were 33% of West Hollywood’s tax revenue, which was a higher share than for 465 other cities and towns. Most of the 16 cities with even bigger hotel-tax shares than West Hollywood were vacation destinations, such as Avalon (on Catalina Island), Ojai, Monterey, and Anaheim (the home of Disneyland).


Property tax

West Hollywood’s tax revenue includes a share of the property taxes paid here. Based on SCO data, the City was in the 89th percentile for property tax revenue per resident in 2014. The amount was $476, well above the $306 statewide average. It was between the numbers for Los Angeles and Santa Monica that year, but only a third of the amount in Beverly Hills.

Notes and sources: Same as above


Sales tax

West Hollywood also gets part of the sales and use taxes paid here. The revenue per resident was $393, more than double the statewide average of $180. It put the City in the 90th percentile. The amounts per resident were much lower in Los Angeles, but higher in Culver City, Santa Monica, and especially Beverly Hills.

Notes and sources: Same as above


Utility user tax

West Hollywood doesn’t have a utility user tax. The statewide average revenue per resident was $60 in 2014, or $115 for the 155 cities that levied the tax.

Notes and sources: Same as above


Other taxes

West Hollywood’s tax revenue includes other levies, such as the business license tax. The 2014 amount of other tax revenue per resident was $228, less than all of the neighboring cities, but more than the statewide average of $187. Among California cities, West Hollywood ranked in the 85th percentile.

Notes and sources: Same as above


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Short answer: Over $1,600 per resident in 2014 -- 1/3 from hotel taxes -- which was 93rd percentile statewide but less than other westside cities| More than half of the City's revenue comes from taxes. We compared West Hollywood's tax revenue to the other 481 cities and towns in...