Orange County’s tourist tax collected $27 million in March, a 2.7 percent increase over the same month in 2016, even though Easter week fell in March last year and April this year, reported Comptroller Phil Diamond.

The March and April numbers often are difficult to compare year to year because of the variations of when Easter falls, and how that affects spring break vacations for tourists around the country, Diamond noted. Nonetheless, the bountiful Easter break will appear in the April 2017 report.

“Even with this, collections for March were up over last year. I am looking forward to seeing April’s numbers,” Diamond stated in a news release issued by his office.

Budget forecasts had projected $26,280,000 for April, and the actual collation was $27,484,600.

That means Orange County’s tourist tax collections continue to run ahead of both last year’s pace [by 4 percent] and budget projections [by 5 percent] in 2017. For the fiscal year that began in October, so far Orange County has collated $131 million in tourist taxes, compared with a budget forecast of $125 million through this point, and compared with $126 million collected in the first six months of the 2015-16 fiscal year.

 

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