Bed tax revenue jumps 48 percent in December

Published: Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 01:48 PM.

Jenkins rolled out the beach ambassador program during a board meeting that included a report on final bed tax numbers for December, the most recent month recorded by the Tax Collector’s Office.

The numbers were striking.

Bed tax revenue grew 48 percent over December of 2013, which came after a month during which November receipts dipped slightly compared to the prior year. October saw revenue increase 39 percent.

Board chair David Warriner noted that November’s numbers retreated slightly from what was a high-growth month the prior November and that December’s increase came on top of an 11 percent increase in December 2012.

“That is pretty impressive,” Warriner said.

In addition, Jenkins said Welcome Center (60 percent) and website (217 percent) traffic were up significantly as the TDC, to date, runs 5.38 percent ahead of revenue from the prior fiscal year.

Jenkins had targeted an aggressive goal of a 20 percent increase this fiscal year after coming up thisclose to a 15 percent increase in the prior year.

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