R.I. 1% meal and beverage tax collection falls to $3.1M in Aug.

SLOW SUMMER SPENDING at Rhode Island restaurants is reflected in a year-to-date decline in the collections of the 1 percent meal and beverage tax through August for fiscal 2019, according to the state Department of Revenue. / COURTESY HEMENWAY’S/LUCAS PRESTON
SLOW SUMMER SPENDING at Rhode Island restaurants is reflected in a year-to-date decline in the collections of the 1 percent meal and beverage tax through August for fiscal 2019, according to the state Department of Revenue. / COURTESY HEMENWAY’S/LUCAS PRESTON

PROVIDENCE – Collection of the 1 percent meal and beverage tax in Rhode Island in August declined 8.3 percent year over year to $3.1 million, according to the R.I. Department of Revenue Monday.

The largest nominal year-over-year decline of any municipality in the state was in Newport, where collections declined $108,880 to $371,265. The largest nominal increase year over year took place in Pawtucket, where collections increased $32,439 to $112,250.

Providence collected more 1 percent hotel tax than any other municipality in Rhode Island in August at $533,191, despite a $60,162 decline year over year.

Fiscal year to date in August, collection of the 1 percent hotel tax totaled $5.9 million, a 4.4 percent decline from $6.2 million in the first two months of fiscal 2017. Providence accounted for the largest collection in that two-month span at $1 million. The largest decline through August occurred in Warwick, where collections fell $128,402 to $467,440.

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