Hailey Atkinsons

Hailey LOT revenue was down about 37% in February compared to the same month last year.

The city of Hailey collected $45,654 in local-option tax revenue in February, marking a year-over-year decrease of 37% compared with the same month last year.

In February 2020, the city collected $72,300.

Last month, Hailey pulled in $19,857 in tax revenue from rental cars and room nights sold, down about 49% from its collection of $38,923 in 2020. The city’s “1 Percent for Air” tax levied on car rentals and hotel rooms fell 43% from $13,701 to $7,785. So did its February liquor tax collections, from $4,913 in 2020 to $2,783 in 2021.

Hailey’s one-percent tax levied on restaurant food was a bit more on-target, falling only about $850—or 7%—from $12,584 in 2020 to $11,732 this year.

The city’s short-term rental tax collection, however, saw a promising 60% year-over-year leap, from $2,179 in 2020 to $3,496 last month.

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