Grand Valley sales tax collections up for July

Tax collections, one measure of sales activity, have increased, although at different rates for Mesa County and the City of Grand Junction.

County sales tax collections increased 9.2 percent in July compared to the same month last year. City collections edged up three-tenths of a percent.

Meanwhile, city lodging tax collections, a measure of hotel and motel stays, dropped 49.3 percent.

July collections reflect June sales.

Mesa County collected a total of more than $3.7 million in sales and use taxes, an increase of nearly $281,000 and 8.2 percent from July 2019. Use tax collections — almost all of it on automobiles purchased outside the county, but used in the county — declined 1 percent.

County tax collections on retail sales rose 28.5 percent, with a $146,000 year-over-year increase in collections on internet sales. Collections rose 20 percent on home improvements, 18.3 percent on automobiles and 11.1 percent on wholesale sales. Collections fell 15 percent on hotel meals and restaurant stays and 62.6 percent in the oil and natural gas industry.

The city collected a total of more than $5.3 million in sales and use taxes, a decrease of nearly $12,000 and two-tenths of a percent from July 2019. Use taxes, a far smaller and more volatile source of revenue, dropped 49.1 percent.

Through the first seven months of 2020, Mesa County collected a total of more than $22.3 million in sales and use taxes. That’s an increase of more than $427,000 and 2.2 percent over the same span in 2019. Sales tax collections increased 4.3 percent, more than offsetting an 18.4 percent decrease in use tax collections.

County collections on retail sales rose 18.4 percent with a more than $831,000 year-over-year increase in internet sales. Collections increased 3.6 percent on autos and 13 percent on home improvements. Collections fell 16 percent on wholesale sales, 16.9 percent on hotel stays and restaurant meals and 62.2 percent on the oil and natural gas industry.

City sales and use tax collections through the first seven months of 2020 topped $32 million. That’s a decrease of almost $1.7 million and 5 percent from the same span in 2019. Sales tax collections dropped 5.1 percent, while use tax collections fell 43.7 percent.

The city collected $108,019 in lodging taxes in July, about half of what was collected during the same month last year.

Through the first seven moths of 2020, $517,778 in lodging taxes were collected. That’s a decline of $352,000 and 40.5 percent over the same span in 2019.