County 1 percent sales tax for recreation and infrastructure is up

The Cook County 1 percent local option sales tax for recreation and infrastructure continues to bring in more each year since it was started.  In the first six months of 2011, it brought in $433,206.98.  In the first six months of 2011, it brought in $474,637.62.  In the first six months of this year, it brought in $523,814.42, a 10.4 percent increase over the first half of last year.
Cook County’s lodging tax saw a 9.3 percent increase in the first six months of 2013 over the first six months of last year.  Different areas of the county are faring differently, however.
The Gunflint Trail Tourism Association saw a year-to-date decrease of 1.2 percent from last year, but the Grand Marais Area Tourism Association saw a year-to-date increase of 3.6 percent and the Lutsen-Tofte Tourism Association saw a year-to-date increase of 12.7 percent.