Grand Valley sales tax collections increased in 2019

Bolstered in part by gains in December, sales tax collections continued to increase in the Grand Valley in 2019.

The City of Grand Junction reported a 2.5 percent gain in year-over-year sales tax collections, an indicator of increased activity in retail and other business sectors. Mesa County reported a 6.7 percent increase.

Lodging tax collections, a measure of hotel and motel stays, also increased.

The city collected a total of more than $4.7 million in sales and use taxes in December, an increase of more than $92,000 and 2 percent over the same month in 2018. December collections reflect November sales. Sales tax collections rose 1 percent. Use tax collections, a smaller and more volatile source of revenue, dropped 21.1 percent.

For 2019, the city collected a total of more than $58.8 million in sales and use taxes, a gain of nearly $1.9 million and 3.3 percent over 2018. Use tax collections climbed 3.4 percent.

The county collected a total of more than $3.2 million in sales and use taxes in December. That’s a gain of nearly $314,000 and 10.8 percent over the same month in 2018. Sales tax collections rose 11 percent. Use tax collections — most on automobiles purchased outside the county, but used in the county — climbed 8.1 percent.

For 2019, the county collected a total of more than $38.5 million in sales and use taxes. That’s an increase of more than $2.4 million and 6.7 percent from 2019. Use tax collections rose 6.1 percent.

Year-end county tax collections rose 6.3 percent on retail sales. Collections rose 38.4 percent on sales in the construction sector, 27.1 percent in the oil and natural gas sector and 5.6 percent in the hotel and restaurant sector. Collections rose 6.6 percent on automobile sales.

The City of Grand Junction collected nearly $3.3 million in lodging taxes in 2019. That’s an increase of almost $1.7 million and 108.1 percent over 2018. The gain reflects in part a voter-approved increase that doubled the lodging tax rate from 3 percent to 6 percent in 2019. Not counting the rate increase, lodging tax collections rose 5.1 percent.

For December, the city collected $173,010 in lodging taxes on November hotel and motel stays. That’s an increase of $87,393 and 102.1 percent over what was collected in December 2018.