Heads in beds generate $1.4M in tourist tax in December 2019

Overnight stays in Manatee County generated about $1.4 million in bed taxes in December 2019.

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 Feb. 3 the tourist development tax collection numbers for December, the most recent month available.

For that month, the total tax collected was $1.362 million, up from the $1.177 million collected in December 2018.

About 22.24% of the tax collected, $302,929, was generated in Holmes Beach.

The tax collected from Anna Maria was $153,800, about 11.29% of the total.

Bradenton Beach produced about 6.29% of the tax collected— $85,613.

Some more numbers for December:

  • Unincorporated Manatee County, $529,156, 38.85%.
  • Bradenton, $148,989, 10.94%.
  • Longboat Key, $132,844, 9.75%.
  • Palmetto, $8,757, 0.64%.

The collection fee or commission in December was $40,862, resulting in a net collection of $1.321 million.

The numbers showed $4,388,844 collected between the beginning of the fiscal year, Oct. 1, 2019, and Dec. 31.

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


Bed tax collections for December

The following taxes were generated by overnight stays in December.

December 2014: $847,703

December 2015: $967,909

December 2016: $1,036,875

December 2017: $1,139,445

December 2018: $1,177,172

December 2019: $1,362,089

Source: Manatee County Tax Collector’s Office