Heads in beds generate $1.6M in tourist tax in June

Overnight stays in Manatee County generated more than $1.6 million in bed taxes in June.

The county bed tax of 5%, also known as the tourist development tax, is collected on overnight rentals of less than six months.

The Manatee County Tax Collector’s office released on Aug. 1 the tourist development tax collection numbers for June, the most recent month available.

They showed $12,937,076 collected between the beginning of the fiscal year, October 2018, and June.

In June, the total tax collected was $1,653,009, up from the $1,527,732 in June 2018.

About 26.71% of the tax collected, $441,504, was generated in Holmes Beach.

The tax collected from Anna Maria in June was $291,648, about 17.64% of the total.

Bradenton Beach produced about 8.85% of the tax collected in June — $146,271.

Some more numbers for June:

  • Bradenton, $109,303, 17.64% of the collection.
  • Longboat Key, $171,063, 10.35%.
  • Palmetto, $5,809, 0.35%.
  • Unincorporated Manatee County, $487,410, 29.49%.

So far this fiscal year, which will end Sept. 30, the month for the largest tourist tax collection was March, coinciding with spring break. The county collected $2,725,570 that month.

The second-largest amount, exceeding $1.8 million, was collected in February.

The tax revenues must be used to boost and develop tourism, including 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.

— Lisa Neff

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