Pre-eclipse sales tax revenues slip in Jackson

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JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Summer business is down in Jackson Hole. But the shortfall should be made up during the week of Aug. 21, when upward of 100,000 people are expected to descend upon Jackson to view the total solar eclipse.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports that the town's lodging occupancy was down an average of 5 percent from last year this May, June and July.

The Wyoming Department of Revenue says that sales tax income returned to Teton County was down 22 percent in June.

Part of the decrease may be explained by a 16 percent increase in average daily rate for a room, from $343 to $393.

Town officials also say last year may be hard to match because 2016 was the centennial celebration of the National Park Service.