Tax collections, a key measure of retail sales and lodging activity, continue to increase in Grand Junction.
The City of Grand Junction reported an 8.2 percent increase in its combined sales and use tax collections for June compared to the same month a year ago. Lodging tax collections rose 28.5 percent on a year-over-year basis. June collections reflect May activity.
The city collected nearly $5.3 million in sales taxes and more than $128,000 in use taxes in June. Sales tax collections increased 8.5 percent. Use tax collections, a smaller and more volatile revenue source for the city, increased 82.6 percent.
The city received almost $900,000 as its share of sales tax collected by Mesa County and distributed back to municipalities in the county.
The City of Grand Junction also collected more than $1 million in sales and use taxes earmarked for public safety and first responders.
Through the first half of 2022, the city collected a total of nearly $36.9 million in sales and use taxes. Sales tax collections increased 11.3 percent compared to the first half of 2021. City use tax collections increased 68.6 percent.
The city received more than $5 million in sales taxes from Mesa County and collected a total of almost
$6.2 million in sales and use taxes earmarked for public safety and first responders.
The City of Grand Junction collected nearly $528,000 in lodging taxes in June, a 28.5 percent increase over the same month last year that reflects more hotel and motel stays,
Through the first half of 2022, the city collected almost $2 million in lodging taxes, a 48.8 percent gain over the same span in 2021.
Under a measure city voters approved in 2019 to double the lodging tax to 6 percent, the city divides revenues among Visit Grand Junction, the tourism and destination marketing organization, and Grand Junction Regional Air Alliance and Greater Grand Junction Sports Commission.