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Hotel/Motel tax revenue up $25,000

Published: 8:16 PM, 07/26/2013 Last updated: 8:48 PM, 07/26/2013

Author: Rick Hooper
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT—Tourism in Cocke County is growing, according to numbers provided by Cocke County Clerk Janice Butler on Thursday.

Butler presented figures that show the county's hotel/motel tax revenues were up more than $25,000 during the 2012-13 fiscal year. What's more, each month during the fiscal year saw an increase over the same month in the previous year.

In all, Cocke County's hotel/motel tax amounted to $207,575.28 in 2012-13, a record level, compared to $182,137.94 in 2011-12. August of 2012 was the largest month, totaling $27,775.91.

"I was shocked,"ť said Bulter, whose office handles the taxes. "We're excited and hope it will keep going. We're seeing a change in the economy in our office, especially with this and increase car sales."

For more details, please see the weekend edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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