Tourist Development Tax

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In Okeechobee the Board of County Commissioners passed an ordinance that would levy a tax called the Tourist Development Tax.  The Tourist Development Tax is a 3% levy falling primarily on tourists, travelers and short term transient rentals of hotels, motels, room rentals and certain other short term accommodation rentals.  This is most commonly called a Bed Tax.  This is the sole funding source for Okeechobee Tourist Development Council.  Since 1992 the tax revenues have seen a gradual increase each year.  This funding has specific requirements that must be upheld by the Tourist Development Council.  Spending requirements are listed in Florida State Statute 125.0104. 

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