Grand Junction tax collections trend upward

A key measure of sales activity in Grand Junction continues to increase on a year-over-year basis by double-digit proportions.

The city reported collecting more than $4.9 million in sales taxes in August. That was an increase of nearly $715,000 and 17 percent over the same month last year.

The city received almost $900,000 as its share of Mesa County sales tax collections, a 20.4 percent increase. City use and lodging tax collections also rose. 

August collections reflected July sales.

The increases reflected in part the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and related restrictions in 2020. But the latest collections also topped those for August 2019.

Use tax collections, a smaller and more volatile source of revenue for the city based on activity in the construction and energy sectors, totaled $97,729 in August 2021. That was an 82.4 percent increase over the same month last year.

Lodging tax collections, a measure of hotel and motel stays, totaled $211,635 in August. That was a 75.9 percent over the same month in 2020, but also a 14.5 percent gain over the same month in 2019.

Through the first eight months of 2021, the city collected more than $38.4 million in sales taxes. That was an increase of more than $7.2 million and 23.1 percent over the same span in 2020.

The city share of county sales tax collection totaled more than $6.2 million, an increase of more than $1 million and 19.6 percent over last year.

Use tax collections through the first eight months of 2021 topped $634,000, up 4.3 percent from 2020.

City lodging tax collections exceeded $1.1 million, an increase of more than $444,000 and 67 percent from the same span in 2020.