By The Sun staff

The state Department of Revenue's latest report on local meal and beverage tax collections shows that Westerly's bar and restaurant business declined 14.4 percent in August on a year-over-year basis. The 1 percent tax generated $142,370 for the town in August, compared with $166,293 in August 2017.
 
For the first two months of the 2018-19 fiscal year, the tax collection in Westerly was $295,432, compared with $315,479 a year earlier, a drop of 6.4 percent. Money from the 1 percent meal and beverage tax is remitted to the municipality in which the businesses are located.
 
The revenue department's report, dated Nov. 26, showed that statewide tax collections in the 39 municipalities were down 8.3 percent in August from a year earlier and totaled $3.1 million. Charlestown's collection in August was one of the gainers, rising to $30,579, up 16.7 percent from the August 2017 figure of $26,205.

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