City sales and lodging tax collections decline in 2020

Sales tax collections, one measure of retail activity, declined in 2020 in Grand Junction, the city reported.

Lodging tax collections, a measure of hotel and motel sales, also dropped.

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

City sales tax collections decreased 2 percent. Use tax collections, a smaller and more volatile revenue source, fell 37.8 percent.

For December alone, sales and use tax collections totaled nearly $4.6 million. That was a decrease of almost $78,000 and 1.7 percent from the same month last year. December collections reflect November sales.

Sales tax collections dropped 2.6 percent, while use tax collections fell 33.5 percent.

The city collected more than $1.1 million in lodging taxes in 2020. That was a decrease of more than $524,000 and 31.8 percent from 2019.

For December alone, the city collected $67,353 in lodging taxes. That was a decrease of $18,251 and 21.3 percent from the same month last year.