For the third consecutive year, Door County saw an increase in the amount of room taxes collected. In 2012, that growth registered at 6.4% greater than the previous year, providing an additional $208,507 in room tax collections. Josh Van Lieshout, the tourism zone chairman, says the dollars collected reflect the economic engine that is tourism in Door County…[audio:http://www.wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/N312.mp3|titles=Josh Van Lieshout]
Van Lieshout says it is a point worth noting that in the total tax reported, there is less than $10,000 outstanding & close to half of that is being paid back via settlement…[audio:http://www.wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/N313.mp3|titles=Josh Van Lieshout]
Van Lieshout also points out that 30% of the room tax collected, or more than a million dollars, was directed back to the municipalities where it was collected.