January tourist tax collections down

Tourist tax collections were down in all three Anna Maria Island cities in January compared to January 2016.

Municipality                         2017                2016            Approximate change

Anna Maria                            $177,388           $210,989      down 16 percent

Bradenton Beach                     $103,084         $110,566       down 7 percent

Holmes Beach                         $298,048         $392,574       down 24 percent

Manatee County total (Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Longboat Key, unincorporated Manatee County)                     $1,283,223      $1,502,546     down 15 percent

Manatee County’s 5 percent tourist tax is collected from owners of accommodations rented for six months or less who charge the tax to their renters, in most cases, tourists. About 50 percent of the tax proceeds are allocated to Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau tourism marketing efforts, with 20 percent allocated to beach renourishment. Resort tax increases reflect both increased visitation and improved tax collection efforts. Amounts shown were collected in January and paid to the Manatee County Tax Collector’s Office in February. To anonymously report a rental owner who may not be paying the tax, call 941-741-4809 or visit www.taxcollector.com/tdt-evader.cfm.