Room Tax Up in September, Down 2.0 Percent for Year

Preliminary room tax returns for September showed a 3.2 percent increase in comparable municipalities from the same month in 2008.

Occupancy rates for September showed a dramatic jump from 40.9 percent to 46.3 percent compared to 2008. The average daily room rate, however, dipped from $132 to $123.

Gibraltar and Ephraim continued to show the strongest monthly returns, with $63,017 and $53,856 collected, respectively. The city of Sturgeon Bay was next with $52,037 in collections.

For the year, Gibraltar has collected $368,438 in room taxes, the city of Sturgeon Bay $336,710, Ephraim $307,005, and Sister Bay $313,940.

Room tax collections for the year through August are down 2.0 percent, from $1,808,163 to $1,771,566 in comparable municipalities.

Preliminary returns had showed an 8.1 percent drop for August compared to the same month in 2008, but late collections now show that the drop was just 1.8 percent.