St. Pete Area Cuts Tourism Budget
Hit by declining hotel tax collections, Pinellas County, Fla., which encompasses St. Petersburg and Clearwater, is poised to cut the tourism department’s $30 million budget by nearly $2 million.
County officials outlined spending reductions Wednesday (March 4) for the Pinellas Tourist Development Council, which oversees how the taxes are allocated, according to the St. Petersburg Times.
More than half the cuts for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30 will come out of advertising, the department’s largest single expenditure. The county also will eliminate the one-person Canadian sales office, will not fill two open positions in the department and cut two jobs out of the current staff of 34.
The county estimates that hotel tax revenues will be down by 8.5% from the amount budgeted for the current fiscal year. Pinellas County commissioners will vote on the proposal later this month.