FL - County reaps tourist tax bounty in November

Gobble, gobble, gobble. November 2022 tourist tax collections registered a 25.51% increase over the prior year.

The Manatee County Tax Collector’s office on Jan. 2 released November 2022 collection numbers for the county tourist tax, also known as the resort or bed tax — it’s the 5% tax collected on overnight rentals of six months or less.

The second month of the 2022-23 fiscal year — with a bustling Thanksgiving holiday on the beaches — showed $1,798,539.82 collected. In 2021-22, the same month’s collections totaled $1,432,990.77.

Holmes Beach topped collections on Anna Maria Island, generating $450,510.83, about 25.05% of the total.

Anna Maria accounted for about 7.2% of the collections, bringing in $129,530.05, and Bradenton Beach generated $78,117.23 or 4.34%.

Some other numbers for November:

  • Unincorporated Manatee County generated $817,541 or 45,46%.
  • Bradenton generated $174,901 or 9.72%;
  • Longboat Key generated $142,809 or 7.94%;
  • Palmetto generated $5,129 or 0.29%;

The collection fee or commission on the tax is 3%, so the net collection for the Manatee County Tourist Development Council in November was $1,744,583.53.

For 2021-22, the tax generated more than $28 million. This fiscal year, the tax collection could reach $30 million.

The tax dollars are not collected by the municipalities and do not go directly to the locales where tourists visited.

The Manatee County Tourist Development Council recommends how to spend the resort tax revenues to the county commission.

Under state law, the tax dollars must be used to boost and develop tourism, including tourism marketing and funding for the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Bradenton Area Convention Center and tourism-related entities such as Realize Bradenton and the Pittsburgh Pirates, as well as supporting projects, such as island beach renourishment and construction of the new Anna Maria City Pier.

Island and county elected officials have said a goal is to lobby the Florida Legislature to change how the tax dollars can be used.

The December 2022 numbers will be released in early February.

November tourist tax collections

November 2018: $785,050

November 2019: $857,410

November 2020: $972,617

November 2021: $1,432,990

November 2022: $1,798,479

Source: Manatee County Tax Collector

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