Tourist Development Council Information
The Tourist Development Council meeting for April 2020 will be rescheduled at a later date.
May 1, 2020.
The Sumter County Tourist Development Council endeavors to support local organizations in their effort to develop and promote an event by making available special grant funding, provided the organization has met the requirements of the application and reimbursement processes.
Tourist Development Tax Revenues are generated by overnight guests staying in Sumter County RV parks / campgrounds, hotels, motels and condominiums. As a rule, any short-term lodging of 6 months or less is subject to the 2% tax in additions to Sumter County's sales tax. Collections are received through the Florida Department of Revenue and returned to the County on a monthly basis for the County's use. Sumter County places this revenue in a special revenue fund - Tourist Development Fund.
For more information on the payment of tourism taxes please contact the Florida Department of Revenue at 800-352-3671.
Ordinance 2004-025 authorizes a 2% tourist development tax for each dollar of the total consideration charged for lease or rental of properties as set forth in Section 125.0104(3), Florida Statutes.
Use of Revenues: The Board of County Commissioners adopted a Sumter County Tourists Development Tax Plan (in compliance with Sec. 125.0104, F.S.) to outline the proper use of these funds.
*Promotional Activities - Development of projects that benefit and enhance the tourism industry within Sumter County (i.e. - development of wayfinding signage or tourism website maintenance).
* Advertising - Placement of advertisements and co-op advertising at intrastate, state or county level magazines, newspapers, radio, etc. Development and placement of printed publications, brochures, rack cards, websites, kiosk systems, tourism trade shows, billboards and any type of advertising opportunities for Sumter County (i.e. - ads directed at specific tourism industry or for general tourism promotion)
* Single Events - Sponsorship of events to attract tourism to Sumter County (i.e. - fishing or sporting tournaments that may change geographical location each year)
* Reoccurring Events - Annual events that have been determined to net reoccurring tourism that will most likely draw visitors from out of county who will stay overnight in local hotels, and/or RV parks (i.e. - festivals, Sumter County Fair and Dade Battlefield Reenactment).
* Capital Improvement Projects - Projects within the county to establish new or refurbish existing facilities for recreational activities, cultural events, and performances within Sumter County.
Applicants are required to direct all questions regarding their request for funding to the Sumter County BOCC Office of Management and Budget at phone number 352-689-4400 or by email @ TDCadmin@sumtercountyfl.gov.