Bed tax numbers raise questions for TDC

Published: Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 09:40 AM.

By all accounts the month of October was a strong one for tourism in Gulf County.

Save one account; the bottom line on bed tax revenue.

The Tourist Development Council saw bed tax numbers fall by nearly 12 percent in October following two months of increases of over 26 percent.

The decrease was in contrast to most visual evidence.

“Our October was pretty good, at both properties,” said David Warriner, chair of the TDC advisory council and president of Tapper & Company, which owns the Port Inn and Mainstay Suites.

Other collectors echoed that, one saying it was their “best October ever.”

But TDC executive director Jennifer Jenkins said in researching how the bed tax numbers could fall so dramatically while by all appearances business was good, found a potential glitch in how the county allows collectors to report income and taxes.

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