BOCC approves addition to bed tax

Published: Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 09:54 AM.

County officials are hoping to build it and watch them come.

The Board of County Commissioners last Thursday unanimously approved adding an additional penny to the county bed tax beginning Oct. 1 in order to facilitate the addition, through expansion of existing facilities and new construction, of sports fields to the Tourist Development Council inventory.

The additional cent, which still must be approved by formal resolution of the BOCC, would bring the TDC bed tax collection to five cents.

The aim is to facilitate the creation of a joint county/city of Port St. Joe sports complex on land donated to the city by the St. Joe Company.

Additionally, the dollars – the additional penny would be leveraged for bond revenue – would assist in the expansion of existing parks, such as Honeyville Community Park, through the addition of sports fields.

Sports fields are big business in the Panhandle.

Each year the arrival tournament play in baseball, softball and soccer brings more than 500,000 room nights to Bay County and an annual economic impact to the community that exceeds $15 million.

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