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Winter Park sales tax receipts skyrocket by 65 percent in 2007

by Stephanie Miller
Sky-Hi Daily News

Winter Park’s sales tax for December was up 8.12 percent over the previous December, an increase of roughly $53,600.

Last year was a banner year for Winter Park. According to the town’s financial report, year-to-date collections continue to trend above those of the previous year by an additional $279,000, or 6.57 percent.

Winter Park’s general sales tax for 2007 generated roughly $3.7 million, an increase of 65 percent over 2006, which amounts to an additional $1.4 million.

Most vendors were up for the year, except the ski area and Old Town, which saw a decrease of roughly $90,800 for the year 2007, according to the report.

Winter Park’s lodging sales tax for 2007 brought in about $700,000, a 23.6 percent increase and an additional $131,900 over 2006. The accommodation sales tax for the year brought in $155,900, an increase of 17 percent and an additional $23,700.

Here’s the breakdown for the month of December 2007:

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– The downtown area brought in $270,800 ” $13,041 more than that time last year.

– Old Town and the ski area brought in $301,500 ” $342 more than that time last year.

– In-county vendors brought in $54,000 ” $24,800 more than during the same time last year.

– Out-of-county vendors that brought business into Winter Park brought in $86,800 ” $24,800 more than last year.

Sales tax collection by vendors, December 2007

– For December, retail had a sales tax collection of $239,800, an increase of $13,000 over that time last year.

– Restaurants and bars brought in $185,000, an increase of $7,000.

– Services and utilities brought in 490,000, a $24,400 increase over that time last year.

– The miscellaneous category, which includes wholesalers, rental companies and food services, brought in about $7,000, an increase of almost $2,000.

Sales tax collection by area for the year 2007:

– For the year, Winter Park’s downtown area brought in over $1.8 million, a $51,000 increase over 2006.

– Old town and ski area vendors brought in more than $1.6 million, a decrease of $90,800 compared with 2006.

– In-county vendors brought in almost $400,000, an increase of 109,900 over 2006.

– Out-of-county vendors that brought business into town brought in about $620,000, an increase of $208,600 over 2006.

Sales tax collection by vendor, 2007:

– Retail brought in just under $1.5 million ” $51,800 more than that time last year.

– Restaurants and bars brought in $1.3 million ” $5,100 less than that time last year.

– Services and utilities brought in $643,000 ” $143,500 more than that time last year.

– The miscellaneous category brought in about $39,300 ” $2,600 less than that time last year.

The Winter Park/Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce received about $23,500 through the Community Sales Program for the month of December and received $124,500 for the year.

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