St. Pete/Clearwater Area Sets New $35 Million Bed Tax Record

St.Pete/Clearwater (Nov. 7, 2014) - With the Pinellas County Tax Collector reporting record September collections earlier this week, the St. Pete/Clearwater area officially set a new bed tax record for FY2013-14, collecting more than $35 million over the 12-month period ending Sept. 30.

This figure represents a 12.7% jump from the $31 million collected in FY12-13, which itself was a record-breaking year. Over the past four years, the bed tax has grown by a total of $11.3 million, or 48%.

For local tourism officials, the news confirms what the metrics have been suggesting for some time.