North Iowans could be drinking a little more during their New Year’s Eve celebrations.
The state agency which oversees liquor sales is reporting an increase in the amount of money spent this year on alcohol compared to last year. According to Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Divisions spokesman, Tyler Ackerson, for the fiscal year that ended June 30th, total liquor sales increased this year by 6.1% percent. That translated into total sales of $339 million, of which $126 million was transferred directly to the state general fund. Ackerson added that liquor sales in Iowa have topped $300 million in each of the last three years.
Measured by the state in “fiscal year gallons” of liquor sold through June 30th, Floyd County sales were up 4% over the previous year. Other counties showing an increase include Mitchell County up 2%; Butler up 5%; Cerro Gordo up 9%; Worth and Franklin both up 10%; Winneshiek up 11%; Howard up 12%; and Fayette County, with the largest increase in fiscal year gallons up 19%.
Seeing slight declines in liquor sales from last year to this year were Chickasaw County, down by 1%, and Bremer County, down 2%.