Everyone knows weather has played a major role in Windsor during the past few weeks. Now, even the financial numbers back that up.
The town approved 157 new business licenses in August — 135 of those were roofing contractors who rushed to Windsor after the devastating hailstorm, said Dean Moyer, Windsor’s director of finance. In an average month, the town grants 35 business licenses, each valued at $10.
“I think it is similar to the next highest August on record which was 2008,” Moyer said. “That August we had a similar situation following the tornado. It will be interesting to see how September 2013 compares to September 2008.”
The influx of people repairing roofs along with insurers evaluating the damages is likely reflected in the amount of sales tax the town raked in. As has been the trend all year, the town set another sales tax collection record. Last month’s total of nearly $505,000 was $38,000 more than in August 2012. That puts the year-to-date tally 14.3 percent over the same time in 2012.
Other major factors likely included shopping related to the kickoff festivities around Harvest Festival and the highly anticipated USA Pro Challenge bike race that went through Windsor.
The only decline, according to the report, was in building permits. The town had issued 312 permits through the end of August in 2012. That number this year, though, was down slightly to 270 permits.
Town staff said previously the decline is not necessarily indicative of anything to be concerned about, all things considered. The numbers are still on pace to be among the highest across northern Colorado.