Carteret County Occupancy Tax Revenues Soar Again, Breaking April Record | New
CARTERET COUNTY – Another month reported, another monthly occupancy tax revenue record not only broken, but erased.
In his monthly report to the Carteret County Beach Commission, Greg Rudolph, director of the County Shore Protection Office, said that tax revenue in April 2021 was $ 768,260, in 2018, “which was $ 426,106.
April, the last month for which figures were released, continued a record trend that began in July 2020 after coronavirus-related travel restrictions were lifted. That month’s record was an all-time record – for any month – of $ 2.41 million. Since then, each month has broken the collection record for its respective month.
The occupancy tax is 6% per cent of the gross receipts from the rental of any room, accommodation or furnished accommodation by a hotel, motel, inn or similar place in the county.
As Cedar Point Mayor Scott Hatsell said at his June 22nd Council of Commissioners meeting, “this county is on fire” in terms of sightseeing and development.
“We have been discovered,” he said, repeating a mantra many have shared in recent months.
County Sheriff’s Deputy Kurt Nakamura, who works full-time for Cedar Point under a contract with the county, agreed. He said traffic this month had been extremely heavy, to the point that he contacted the NC Highway Patrol to see if the soldiers can provide more assistance than normal. Help could be all the more needed as the July 4th holiday – usually the peak of tourist season – is Sunday.
Mr Rudolph delivered his report to the Beach Commission on Monday at its June meeting in Emerald Isle.
He noted in his report that the collection in April 2020 – the highlight of the lockdown under state emergency rules – was only $ 40,378.
“Again… it is still very evident that we are seeing a significant increase in visits, almost certainly due to changing vacation habits, remote working opportunities and the relaxation of social distancing restrictions associated with COVID. -19 “, wrote Mr. Rudolph. “This phenomenon makes our collections soar compared to the previous year; we are up 59% over the 10 months of fiscal year 2020-21 compared to the same period of fiscal year 2019-2020. “
These totals to date of the fiscal year, from July to April, are $ 8,196,676 for the 2021-2022 fiscal year compared to $ 5,154,938 for the 2020-2021 fiscal year.
“In fact,” Rudolph said in his report, “our collection in the first ten months of fiscal year 2020-21 is already 12.7% higher than in fiscal 2019- as a whole. 2020 ($ 7,271,245), with two additional months to report.
As with the other months of this year, January 2021 broke the record set in January 2019 of 79.7%, February 2021 broke the previous February 2020 record of 45.4% and March 2021 broke the record of March 2019 by 97.7%.
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