Today’s special called TDC meeting will discuss a resolution to use the hopeful 5th cent bed tax to entice new airlines to come to our new airport that will open in just less than 16 months. The 5th cent goes up for vote by the County Commissioners tomorrow at their regularly scheduled commission meeting.
Previously, the majority of the 5th cent, if it were approved was to go to improving our sports facilities and events infrastructure in addition to other capital improvements.
The resolution summary reads:
“A resolution of the Bay County Tourist Development Council recommending to the Board of County Commissioners of Bay County, Florida, the adoption of the 5th cent (1%) tourist development tax for the express and limited purpose of supporting low cost air carriers providing service into Bay County; and providing an immediately effective date. “
At this point, it is unclear whether this is a compromise in order to get the fifth cent passed or not. The resolution stipulates that the fifth cent will be used to support low cost carriers for a period of five years. I expect to have more information on this later today.