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Winter Park / Fraser: November pans out financially, despite lack of snow

by Stephanie Miller
Sky-Hi Daily News

Financially, November was a good month for both the towns of Fraser and Winter Park, despite a fairly dry weather and a slow start to the ski season.

Fraser’s sales tax collection for November was up just over $60,000 ” a 35.7 percent jump from that time last year. Fraser collected roughly $167,800 this November, and collected about $107,800 in November ’06.

November is currently over-inflated, however, because it has a large submittal for December included, said Town Finance Manager Nat Havens. Once December’s sales tax numbers are received form the state, the sales tax collections for November will be adjusted, he explained.

Winter Park’s November sales tax was up by just under $6,000, a 2.8 percent increase over that time last year. For the year, the town reported it is up 6.28 percent over last year, a gains of $225,000.

Breakdown for Winter Park

The 5 percent general sales tax for Nov. 2007 brought in $185,836 ” $8,074 more than that time last year.

The 4 percent lodging sales tax for Nov. 2007 brought in $30,210 ” $4,066 more than that time last year.

The 1 percent accommodation sales tax for Nov. 2007 brought in $276 ” $6,259 less than last year.

Sales tax collection by area in Winter Park

For the month of November 2007:

The downtown area brought in $79,112 ” $11,280 less than that time last year.

Old Town and the ski area brought in $57,948 ” $8,444 less than that time last year.

In-county vendors brought in $31,980 ” $10,128 more than that time last year.

Out-of-county vendors that brought business into Winter Park brought in $47,282 ” $15,477 more than that time last year.

Sales tax collection by businesses in Winter Park

Retail brought in $78,259 ” $6,651 more than that time last year.

Restaurants and bars brought in $53,682 ” $9,762 less than that time last year.

Services and utilities brought in $49,801 ” $11,059 more than that time last year.

The miscellaneous category, which includes wholesalers, rental companies and food services, brought in $4,094 ” $126 more than that time last year.

The Winter Park/Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce received $5,132 through the Community Sales Program for the month of November, and has received $93,974 up until that time.


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