Bed tax dollars swell as manatee season begins | Local News

On Monday, Citrus County’s manatee season officially began.

Thousands of tourists flock here every year to get into the water with the gentle giants and spend money in local hotels and shops. And now that international tourism opens up, it should be a great year, said John Pricher, director of the Citrus County Visitors Bureau. The season ends on March 31, 2022.

But there is more good news.

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lemonUs county’s tourism tax revenue continues to rise, a sign that travelers are on the move again.

“The opening of the international borders bodes well when we go into the new calendar year and see that these numbers continue to rise,” said Pricher.

toUrism’s tax revenue totaled $ 2.44 million for fiscal 2020-21 – nearly 30% more than last year, beating the previous record collection of $ 1.95 million in 2018.

In September, the most recent report, Citrus grossed $ 207,616, or 7.2% more than the previous September.

the Tourist tax (or bed tax) is levied on people who stay in hotels, motels, campsites, RV sites, and short-term renters. The tax is mainly borne by tourists and has no impact on residents.

In 2018, the district commissioner increased the tourist tax from 3% to 5%. Income from the fifth cent goes to an item account in the budget of the Citrus County Tourist Development Council (TDC) for tourism-related capital pProjects.

Pricher said Citrus County remains desirable because of its many outdoor activities.

“Many Florida travel destinations that are similar to us and have a strong outdoor component have seen this species also from (bed tax) profit, ”said Pricher.

Citrus County’s Tourism Development Council will discuss tax revenue and other tourism-related matters on Wednesday, November 17th at 9:00 am in room 166 of the Lecanto Government Center, 3600 W. Sovereign Path.

To see the agenda visit https://bit.ly/3kH7Ezv

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