Polk County’s “bed tax,” paid by visitors to the area, was originally intended to help support arts and culture, as well as sports and other tourist development. But most of the money has been going to sports marketing in recent years.
The first two pennies of that 5 percent tax could generate $480,000 for arts and culture, and with a November 2011 amendment that includes museums, such as the Polk County Historical Museum, housed in the historic courthouse in Bartow.
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