St. Pete/Clearwater Area Sets New Bed Tax Record

St. Pete/Clearwater, FL (November 5, 2013) - The St. Petersburg/Clearwater area set a new bed tax record for 2013, collecting more than $31 million over the twelve month period ending September 30, according to the Pinellas County Tax Collector's office.

The bed tax grew from the $28.7 million the County collected in FY 2012 and is used for tourism marketing, beach restoration, bonds on area sports stadiums and other tourism-related initiatives. Over the past three years, annual growth has been7.7% in 2011, 12.3% last year and now 8%.