Grand Valley tax collections on the rise

Tax collections, an indicator of sales and economic performance, continue to increase in Grand Junction and Mesa County, according to the latest reports.

Combined sales and use tax collections for the City of Grand Junction increased 4.4 percent in June. Mesa County reported a 5.6 percent gain. Lodging tax collections on hotel and motel stays in Grand Junction more than doubled thanks in large part to a voter-approved increase in the tax rate. June collections reflect May sales.

The city collected a total of more than $4.9 million in sales and use taxes, an increase of more than $208,000 over the same month last year. Sales tax collections rose 4.1 percent. Use tax collections increased 15.4 percent.

Through the first half of 2019, the city collected a total of nearly $28.7 million in sales and use taxes. That’s an increase of more than $1.2 million and 4.5 percent over the first half of 2018. Sales tax collections rose 3.6 percent, while use tax collections increased 15.4 percent.

Mesa County collected a total of more than $3.3 million in sales and use taxes in June, an increase of nearly $178,000 over the same month last year. Sales tax collections rose 7.8 percent. Use tax collections — most on the sales of automobiles purchased outside the county, but used in the county — dropped 11.9 percent.

County tax collections on retail sales rose 5.3 percent. Collections also increased on sales in the construction, manufacturing and transportation sectors as well as the categories for oil and natural gas and hotels and restaurants.

Through the first half of 2019, Mesa County collected a total of almost $18.5 million in sales and use taxes. That’s a gain of more than $946,000 and 5.4 percent over the first half of 2017. Sales tax collections increased 5.1 percent, while use tax collections were up 8.5 percent.

County tax collections for the fist half of 2019 rose 5.4 percent on retail sales. Year-over-year gains also were reported for the oil and natural gas, hotel and restaurant and automotive categories. Declines were reported for the auto repair, home improvement, telecommunications and utilities categories.

The City of Grand Junction collected $389,020 in lodging taxes in June, more than double collections for the same month last year.

Through the first half of 2019, the city collected more than $1.2 million in lodging taxes, also more than double what was collected during the first half of 2018.

A ballot measure approved in November doubled the lodging tax rate from 3 percent to 6 percent. Not counting the rate increase, lodging tax collections increased 4 percent in June and 6.5 percent for the first half compared to last year.