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September sales cap big summer in Snowmass

Staff report

Snowmass Village wrapped up its summer tourism season with a big boost in sales in September.

Sales rose 36.9 percent over the same month last year, according to a report by the town Finance Department. That puts the summer season from June through September 17.9 percent ahead of summer 2013.

The biggest difference this September was the influx of about 10,000 people for Tough Mudder on Sept. 6 and 7. The summer overall was also packed with more events this year, including the Wanderlust yoga festival on July Fourth, another biggie that drew thousands of attendees, as well.

The Finance Department's report breaks sales tax collections down by industry. In September, industries that reported increases were lodging, 47.6 percent; restaurants, 17.3 percent; food, drug and liquor stores, 54.3 percent; general retail, 62.7 percent; miscellaneous, 21.7 percent; and utilities, 13.4 percent.

The only industry to report a decrease was sports equipment and clothing, 7.3 percent.

As usual, lodging was the biggest breadwinner for sales taxes, although general retail beat out other industries this time for second place, responsible for a fifth of the revenue for the month. Restaurants and utilities followed.

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The lodging tax, a 2.4 percent tax charged to guests who stay in accommodations less than 30 days, reported an increase of 48.8 percent.

The real estate transfer tax drew 100.5 percent more in collections in September than during the same month last year.