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Palm Beach advisory board backs “bed-tax” hike

Proposed change would boost the tax from 5 to 6 percent

June 12, 2014 03:45PM

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The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach

The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach

The Tourist Development Council has endorsed a proposal to increase Palm Beach County’s tourism tax from 5 percent to 6 percent.

The advisory board backed a recommendation that will be considered later this summer by the County Commission, according to the Palm Beach Post.

Currently the county imposes a 5 percent “bed tax” on bills for hotels, condominium rentals, bed-and-breakfasts and other short-term accommodations.

If approved the tax would take effect January 1, adding an additional $14 to the typical $1,400.40 bill for a four-night stay at the beach during peak season. [PBP]Christopher Cameron

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