HELEN — The Helen City Commission got some good financial news Tuesday afternoon.
Helen hotel/motel tax collections for 2015-2016 topped $1 million for the first time in the city's history, City Manager Jerry Elkins reported.
"Our fiscal year ends June 30 and at the end of that period for the first time in the history of Helen, we collected over $1 million worth of hotel/motel tax," Elkins said. "The exact amount was like $1,011,000 at this point. There are a couple that are uncollected at this time, so that's expected to go up just a little bit."
That collection amount was with one 48-room hotel closed again for the majority of the fiscal year while it was rebuilt and rebranded after a fire from 2014.
The Alpine Helen White County Convention and Visitors Bureau uses a portion of hotel/motel tax collections to promote Helen and White County.
"It gives us more promotion for tourism, and the more tourism we get the more hotel/motel tax we collect and the better off our businesses are," Elkins said. "Everything at this time is thriving, and it's real good times for the City of Helen."