TOURIST DEVELOPMENT TAX (TDT) MONEY
Wes would like to see more of it stay local by supporting businesses in Okaloosa County that can utilize it for its intended purposes rather than it leaving our county. Wes believes that some of the TDT funds can be freed by privatizing the beautiful Destin-Fort Walton Beach Convention Center; making it a “for profit” enterprise instead of a county subsidized liability.
Wes is also in favor of a Bed Tax being collected from Crestview and Niceville short Term Rentals – but ONLY IF THE MONEY COLLECTED IS USED TO SUPPORT CRESTVIEW AND NICEVILLE.
Further, Wes believes 25% of the bed tax collected by individual property owners should be returned to the people (business) who collects it for the county. And that owner should be allowed to use the money to advertise their own facility anyway they wish.