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Published July 05, 2012, 07:43 PM

Tax Revenues Way Up in Devils Lake

DEVILS LAKE, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Business is booming in Devils Lake, with tax revenues up across the board. Business owners and city leaders say an early start to the tourism season has been going strong throughout the summer.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

DEVILS LAKE, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Business is booming in Devils Lake, with tax revenues up across the board.

Business owners and city leaders say an early start to the tourism season has been going strong throughout the summer.

The numbers are staggering. Lodging tax revenue is up 121 percent from last year, which means a lot more money is flowing into the Lake Region.

Tax revenues have been climbing in Devils Lake for several years, but this year's drastic jump is a first.

Both business owners and city leaders say the early spring helped kick off the tourism season early.

That momentum has carried through the summer.

Temporary construction worker have been scooping up hotel rooms, leading to the spike in lodging tax revenue.

And tourists have been flocking to the lake. Woodland Resorts owner Kyle Blanchfield says he's never had a summer quite like this.

"We had a record occupancy June for lodging. It was a very good June and July's shaping up to be pretty darn good too. We're really happy with where we're at right now," Blanchfield said.

The city usually budgets for a three to five percent revenue increase, so the jump in revenue is a pleasant surprise for city leaders.

The increases brought nearly $300,000 more to Devils Lake than in the first half of last year.

Some of that money will go to tourism efforts to bring even more people to town, but the majority of the money will go to things like street repairs.

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