Brevard Tourism Development Tax Collections for December Up More Than 12 Percent to $1.26 million
By Space Coast Daily // February 7, 2020
Tax Collections for the fiscal year that began in October are up 15 percent over the prior year
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Tourist Development Tax collection for December is in and the numbers continue to be strong.
The collection for the month was $1.26 million on a budget of $1.16 million or 8.9 percent over budget, which was also a 12.7 percent increase over the $1.12 million that was collected the previous December.
Tourist Development Tax Collections for the fiscal year that began in October are up 15 percent over the prior year – and an impressive 11 percent over budget.
“We had a very strong fall season following a tough September due to Hurricane Dorian,” said Peter Cranis, Executive Director of the Space Coast Office of Tourism.
“After running a pretty large holiday campaign promoting the Space Coast as a great place for families to come celebrate, we are very pleased with these results.”
Brevard County’s 5 percent Tourist Development Tax on short term rentals is allocated by ordinance.
It includes 47 percent designated for promotion and advertising in an effort to attract more tourists minus $600,000 designated for USSSA Stadium maintenance and capital improvements.
The rest of the allocation is 25 percent for beach improvement including a $1 million grant program for Indian River Lagoon projects, 14 percent for capital facilities, 5 percent for the Brevard Zoo, 4 percent for cultural events, 3 percent for Space Coast Stadium and 2percent for visitor information centers.
The Brevard County Tourist Development Council was established to promote growth, development and quality of tourism on the Space Coast and consists of nine members appointed by the Brevard County Commission.
The TDC oversees the Tourist Development Tax (Resort Tax), a 5 percent tax on the total rental amount collected from every person or other party who rents, leases, or lets for consideration living quarters or accommodation in any hotel, apartment hotel, motel, resort motel, apartment, apartment motel, rooming house, mobile home park, recreational vehicle park, or condominiums for a period of 6 months or less.
The Space Coast Office of Tourism is the body responsible for the marketing of tourism operations in Brevard County, Florida.
The office is funded through the tourism tax, which is then used to provide advertising and marketing for the region and to develop tourism-related programs.
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