Grand Valley sales tax collections mixed

Tax collections, an indicator of sales activity, constituted something of a mixed bag for the City of Grand Junction and Mesa County in June.

While city sales tax collections dropped 8.3 percent compared to June 2019, county collections rose 5.3 percent on a year-over-year basis. Grand Junction lodging tax collections, a measure of hotel and motel stays, fell 63.3 percent. June collections reflect May sales and lodging.

The city collected a total of more than $4.4 million in sales and use taxes, a decrease of more than $453,000 and 9.3 percent from June 2019. Use tax collections, a smaller and more volatile source of revenue, dropped 60 percent.

The county collected a total of more than $3.4 million in sales and use taxes, an increase of almost $160,000 and 4.8 percent from June 2019. Use tax collections — most on automobiles purchased outside the county, but used in the county — declined 1.4 percent.

County tax collections on retail sales increased 27.5 percent in June compared to the same month last year. Collections rose 24.2 percent on automobiles and 16.1 percent on home improvements. Collections fell 28.4 percent on restaurant meals and hotel stays and 71.6 percent in the oil and natural gas industry.

With the June decline, city sales and use tax collections through the first half of 2020 dropped 6.1 percent to a total of nearly $26.7 million. Sales tax collections fell 6.4 percent. Use tax collections declined 42.9 percent.

The county collected a total of more than $18.6 million in sales and use taxes through the first half of 2020. That’s an increase of more than $191,000 and 1 percent over the first half of  2019. Sales tax collections rose 3.3 percent. Use tax collections fell 21.8 percent.

County tax collections on retail sales rose 16.6 percent for the first half of 2020 compared to the first half of 2019. Collections increased 1 percent on automobiles and 11.6 percent on home improvements, Collections decreased 17.3 percent on restaurant meals and hotel stays and 62.1 percent in the oil and natural gas industry.

The city collected $70,296 in lodging taxes in June. That’s a decrease of more than $121,000 from the same month last year.

Through the first half of 2020, more than $428,000 in lodging taxes were collected. That’s a decrease of nearly $230,000 and 34.9 percent compared to the first half of 2019.