Local 1% meal and beverage, hotel tax collections decline Y/Y in Feb.

YEAR-OVER-YEAR collections of the Rhode Island local 1% hotel and meal and beverage taxes in January declined 36.9% and 25.1%, respectively. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MARY MACDONALD
PROVIDENCE – Combined collections of the local 1% meal and beverage and hotel taxes declined 26.2% year over year to $1.7 million, the R.I. Department of Revenue said Friday. The decline in collections reflect the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, including accompanying restrictions on the state's hospitality sectors. The 1% meal and beverage collections totaled…

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