City reports increase in sales tax collections

A measure of sales activity in Grand Junction during the holiday shopping season increased.

The city reported collecting more than $5.3 million in sales taxes in January. That’s an increase of nearly $100,000 and 1.9 percent over what was collected during the same month last year.

January collections reflect December sales and a portion of the holiday shopping season.

The city collected $82,303 in use taxes, a far smaller and more volatile source of revenue based on taxes on the construction and oil and natural gas sectors. That was a decrease of $85,036 and 50.8 percent from January a year ago. 

Counting its share of Mesa County sales tax revenue, the city collected a total of more than $6 million in sales and use taxes in January. That’s an increase of $39,294 and seven-tenths of a percent over January 2020.

For all of 2020, the city collected a total of more than $57 million in sales and use taxes. That’s a decrease of $1.1 million and 1.9 percent from 2019.

City sales tax collections fell 2 percent. Use tax collections declined 37.8 percent.

For January 2021, the city also collected $72,043 in lodging taxes on hotel and motel stays. That was a decrease of $23,938 and 24.9 percent over the same month in 2020.

For all of 2020, the city collected more than $1.1 million in lodging taxes. That was a decrease of more than $540,000 and 31.8 percent from 2019.