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Certification Course Introduced And Security Alarm Issue Discussed

BARTOW, Florida/PR Free/April 26, 2012

The Polk County Tax Collector Office's Tourist Development Academy met Wednesday at the Polk County Sheriff's Headquarters in Winter Haven for a half day seminar devoted to vacation home owners and management companies. This program is part of the compliance outreach initiatives sponsored by the Tax Collector's Office, which administers the tourist development tax in Polk County.

The Honorable Melony Bell, County Commissioner for District 2, who chairs the Tourist Development Council, spoke to the crowd regarding how tourist development taxes are utilized. Additionally, she provided an overview of economic development projects impacting Polk County, such as Legoland, USF Polytechnic, various cultural events and the positive impact they will have on tourism and the economy.

An Flamand, President of the Central Florida Vacation Rental Managers Association (CFVRMA) made a presentation that introduced a new certification program that the professional vacation home management organization is now providing for their members. Anyone interested should contact the organization through their website,

Other speakers included Diane Dodge, Alarm Control Ordinance Officer with the Polk County Sheriff's Office, who engaged with participants in a discussion regarding false alarms at vacation rental homes and the penalties that may be incurred. A follow-up meeting with representatives from the vacation rental home industry, alarm company officials and government representatives is planned.

Artis Dukes, Director of Economic Development with the Tax Collector's Office spoke about new updates on Tourist Development Tax remittance requirements, as well as new enforcement procedures involving non-compliance with the county's Local Business Tax.

Chief Deputy Tax Collector Chris Rudolph, who served as the seminar moderator, invited attendees to provide feedback to develop future forums and suggest improvements for better tax administration. Following a feedback debriefing, led by Martha Roe Burke, Director of Compliance & Taxpayer Affairs for the Tax Collector's Office, the meeting was concluded with a tour of the Sheriff Headquarters.

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