Collier County thinking of implementing a tourist tax hike

Published on : Thursday, June 1, 2017

Collier CountyCollier County commissioners believe that sports tourism can bring in money better than the beaches. County commissioners are thinking of introducing a tourist tax hike to build a new $80 million sports complex that could attract visitors during months when fewer people head to the shore.

Those who depend on tourism are welcoming this idea of more business in the summer. To build the complex, commissioners would raise the tourist tax to 5 percent from its current rate of 4 percent, leaving some visitors concerned about the extra cost they would face.

“I love sports,” said tourist Cindy Kaufman. “I think sports are great, but don’t put it on regular people.” Collier County has one of the lowest tourist taxes in the state. Lee and Charlotte counties are at 5 percent. Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties are at 6 percent.

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