County tax collections reflect increasing retail activity

Sales tax collections, a key measure of retail activity, continue to increase in Mesa County.

The county reported collecting a total of nearly $3.7 million in sales and use taxes in October. That’s an increase of more than $400,000 and 12.2 percent over the same month last year. October collections reflect September sales.

County sales tax collections in October increased more than $347,000 or 11.6 percent over the same month last year. Use tax collections — most on vehicles purchased outside the county, but used in the county — increased $53,700 or 18.4 percent.

County tax collections on retail sales rose 30.7 percent on a year-over-year basis with gains in every category of products except clothing. Collections on internet sales jumped nearly 192 percent.

Sale tax collections also increased in the home improvement and construction sectors, but fell in the hotel and restaurant sector as well as the oil and natural gas sector.

County sales and use tax collections through the first 10 months of the year totaled almost $33.3 million. That’s an increase of almost $1.4 million and 4.3 percent over the same span in 2019.

A 5.3 percent increase in sales tax collections more than offset a 5.2 percent decrease in use tax collections, a far smaller source of revenue.

Year-to-date county tax collections rose 20.4 percent on retail sales. Collections on internet sales jumped nearly 208 percent.

The biggest year-to-date gains in tax collections were reported in the home improvement, wholesale, professional and construction sectors.

The biggest declines were reported in the hotel and restaurant sector as well as the oil and gas and rentals sectors.