This week, it will cost more for people to stay at hotels, motels, campgrounds, RV parks and short-term rentals in Citrus County, Fla., the Citrus County Chronicle reported.

That’s when Citrus County’s increased tourist tax kicks in, jumping from the current 3% to 5%. The tax will mostly be borne by tourists and have no impact on residents.

Here’s how the Citrus County Tourist Development Council (TDC) will spend the extra revenue generated by the 2% hike:

• The fourth cent will be used to increase staffing at the Citrus County Visitors Bureau (CCVB) and for marketing and promotion.

• The fifth cent will be put in an account in the TDC budget for tourism-related projects that will enhance economic development. So funding or seed money for such projects as a manatee museum, public aquarium or sports center complex would come out of that fifth penny.

The Florida Department of Revenue recently sent out letters to all county hoteliers, campground and RV park owners and others notifying of their legal duty to collect the increased bed tax. The county will monitor all affected stakeholders to make sure their collections are up to date, Thomas said.

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