Hotel occupancy tax collections for Statesville are expected to top $1 million for 2016.
Last year that number was about $966,000. Data provided as far back as 2006 showed no year that met those numbers. At the end of November, collections were at about $931,000.
December collections have been at least $70,000 for the past two years. The Statesville Convention and Visitors Bureau is funded by hotel occupancy tax money.