COLLIER COUNTY — Marco officials, hotels not hip to county’s increased bed tax proposal
The taxes on accommodations collected through hotels and motels in Collier County, which are often called “bed taxes,” are used for beach renourishment, museums and for advertising attractions in Collier County to encourage increase tourism.
The Collier County Tourist Development Council (TDC) has asked that the County’s Coastal Advisory Committee (CAC) support a proposal to raise the county’s tourist tax collection from 4 percent to 5 percent, and hotels generally are opposed to this, City Manager Steve Thompson reported.
Victor Rios, a member of the CAC and Marco’s beach advisory committee, said he thinks it’s a bad idea to raise the tax during a recession. Following the CAC, county commissioners will have the final say on whether the tax increases.