Lenox witnesses a powerful year in tourism earnings

Published on : Friday, November 10, 2017

Lenox witnessesAs per the data published by Town Hall and the Chamber of Commerce, the unofficial closure of the summer and fall tourism season was one of the strongest on record. The June through August report of the state Department of Revenue shows that the 6 percent slice of the 11.7 percent lodging tax of the town brought in $603,888 with a small increase from $601,704, same time last year and a small drop from the 2014 record of $605,782.

The meals tax of the town, three-quarters of 1 percent added to diners’ checks. From June-through-August, it brought $83,183, down slightly from the two previous years.

The joint yearly total of hospitality taxes keeps ringing up more than $2 million for Lenox, helping to reduce increased tax rate at the same time as maintaining high level of town services for residents.

The tax figures in terms of rooms and meals for June through August do not show total collections for the prime summer months, Lee-Lenox Chief Administrative Officer Christopher Ketchen explained ever since few proprietors file their information with the state after the Sept. 30 reporting deadline.

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