Franklin County’s tourism industry put an exclamation point in September on a record-breaking year.

September’s total of $90,052, only about $200 shy of the best such month on record, was a nearly 28 percent increase over a lackluster Sept. 2018. This meant the county’s record year would end nearly $100,000 ahead of last year, and hit $1.4 million for the first time since the two-cent tax on all transient lodging, the co-called bed tax, was put into operation 14 years ago.

The increase in 2018-19 over the previous year’s $1.3 million tally was a jump of 7.5 percent, the biggest leap in the last five years, an increase that ranks it among the county’s four best year-over-year increases. - David Adlerstein