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Lodging tax revenues project an upbeat picture

Highway 61/Grand Marais Tourism Assn.
Highway 61/Grand Marais Tourism Assn.

Lodging tax revenues for the month of July were up from June in the county according to the latest report from the Cook County Auditor-Treasurer’s office.
Lutsen-Tofte revenues for the year-to-date are up 5.8%. Grand Marais year-to-date revenues are up 1.7%. The Gunflint Trail revenues for the year so far, are up a big 11%. Overall, lodging tax revenues county-wide are up 5-1/2 percent for the year-to-date. Historically, July and August are the busiest tourist months in the county.
The Auditor’s office emphasizes that not all businesses report taxes at the same time each year and revenues are an “apples-to-apples comparison.” That means only businesses which reported lodging tax revenues both in July of this year and last year are included in the monthly accounting.