TDC approves ‘concept’ of an additional penny

Published: Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 10:10 AM.

The concept was one thing; implementation quite another.

The advisory board of the Gulf County Tourist Development Council approved in concept an additional one penny in bed taxes for the coming fiscal year.

That would bring to five the number of cents collected in bed taxes.

But board members wanted assurance that the additional funds would be devoted toward construction of a new sports complex and not providing additional revenue for the Board of County Commissioners to shift the burden on cleaning and maintaining parks.

Jennifer Jenkins, executive director of the TDC, submitted a proposed budget for the additional penny which reflected her concept of having the penny earmarked for “parks and recreation.”

But board member Ronald Pickett said looking at the proposed budget the TDC appeared to be taking on tasks for maintaining parks that would reside with the BOCC.

The budget, which Jenkins repeatedly said was tentative and guesswork, reflected spending the additional revenue, estimated at roughly $285,000 next year, largely on existing parks as the BOCC and city of Port St. Joe work toward a new sports complex.

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