Lodging tax collections decline

Lodging tax collections, a measure of hotel and motel stays, continue to decline in Grand Junction.

According to a Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau report for October, $133,556 in lodging taxes were collected. That’s $3,552, or nearly 2.6 percent, less than what was reported for the same month last year.

Since lodging tax reports lag a month behind collections, the October report reflected hotel and motel stays in September.

Lodging tax collections increased on a year-over-year basis in the July and August reports, but have declined every other month this year.

For reports for the first 10 months of 2013, a total of $1,032,592 in lodging taxes was collected. That’s $18,659, or almost 1.8 percent, less than the same span in 2012.

The VCB also reported a 14.9 percent year-over-year decrease in the number of visitors counted at the Grand Junction Visitor Center during October. For the first 10 months of 2013, center visits declined 13.5 percent over the same span in 2012.