Grand Valley tax collections on the rise

Tax collections have increased in the Grand Valley, an indication of more activity in the retail and hospitality sectors.

Combined sales and use tax collections for the City of Grand Junction edged up a half a percent in April. Mesa County reported a 6.7 percent increase. Lodging tax collections on hotel and motel stays in Grand Junction also increased. April collections reflect March sales.

The city collected a total of nearly $5 million in sales and use taxes in April, an increase of more than $23,000 over the same month last year. Sales tax collections rose 2.7 percent. Use tax collections, a smaller and more volatile source of revenue, declined 24.8 percent.

Through the first four months of 2019, the city collected a total of more than $19 million in sales and use taxes. That’s an increase of nearly $825,000 and 4.5 percent over the same span in 2018. Sales tax collections increased 3.3 percent, while use tax collections climbed 22.4 percent.

Mesa County collected a total of almost $3.2 million in sales and use taxes in April, an increase of almost $200,000 over the same month last year. Sales tax collections rose 7.3 percent. Use taxes — most on the sales of automobiles purchased outside the county, but used in the county — increased 1.3 percent.

County tax collections on retail sales rose 12.7 percent in April. Collections also increased on sales in the construction, home improvement, hotel and restaurant, oil and natural gas, manufacturing and transportation categories. Collections fell in the telecommunications category.

Through the first four months of 2019, Mesa County collected a total of more than $11.9 million in sales and use taxes. That’s a gain of nearly $570,000 and 5 percent over the same span in 2018. Sales tax collections increased 4.5 percent, while use tax collections rose 10.1 percent.

Year-to-date county tax collections increased 5.9 percent on retail sales. Big gains also occurred on sales in the construction, hotel and restaurant and oil and natural gas categories. Declines occurred in the home improvement and telecommunication categories.

The City of Grand Junction collected almost $221,000 in lodging taxes in April. That’s a gain of more than $114,000 and  107.2 percent over the same month last year thanks to a voter-approved measure doubling the tax rate. Not counting the rate increase, collections rose 1.9 percent.

For the first four months of 2019, the city collected more than $590,000 in lodging taxes. That’s an increase of more than $272,000 and 85.6 percent over the same span in 2018. Without the rate increase, collections climbed 4.7 percent.