Collection reports: Sales taxes up, lodging taxes down

Tax collections, one measure of sales activity, have increased in the Grand Valley, according to the latest monthly reports.

The City of Grand Junction reported a 2.5 percent increase in sales and use tax collections in August compared to the same month last year. Mesa County reported an 8.4 percent year-over-year gain. August collections reflect July sales.

Meanwhile, city lodging tax collections, a measure of hotel and motel stays, dropped 34.9 percent.

The city collected a total of more than $5 million in sales and use taxes, an increase of more than $124,000 over August 2019. A 3.1 percent increase in sales tax collections more than offset a 55 percent drop in use tax collections and what’s a far smaller and more volatile source of revenue.

The county collected a total of nearly $3.7 million in sales and use taxes, an increase of more than $283,000 over August 2019. Sales tax collections rose 8.3 percent. Use tax collections — most on automobiles purchased outside the county, but used in the county — rose 9.3 percent.

City sales and use tax collections through the first eight months of 2020 topped $37 million. That’s a decrease of nearly $1.6 million and 4.1 percent from the same span in 2019. Sales tax collections fell 4.1 percent. Use tax collections fell 44.9 percent.

County sales and use tax collections through the first eight months of 2020 totaled nearly $26 million. That’s an increase of nearly $756,000 and 3 percent over 2019. Sales tax collections rose 4.6 percent. Use tax collections fell 14.6 percent.

The city collected $120,295 in lodging taxes in August on hotel and motel stays in July. 

Through the first eight months of 2020, $638,073 in lodging taxes were collected. That’s a decline of more than $417,000 and 39.5 percent compared to the same span in 2019.