Lodging tax revenues for the fifth month of 2012 were down for the most part compared to May of last year county-wide. According to the latest report from the Cook County Auditor-Treasurer’s office, the year-to-date totals were down 3/10ths percent across the board for reporting tourism organizations.
Lutsen-Tofte revenues were down 2.7 percent from last May. Grand Marais revenues however were up 9.5 percent from this time last year. The Gunflint Trail revenues for May were up 4.2 percent.
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 May of this year and last year are included in the monthly accounting.