Grand Valley tax collections rise in 2018

Tax collections continued to increase in the Grand Valley during 2018, an indication of growing sales activity.

The City of Grand Junction reported a 7.8 percent increase in sales and use tax collections for the year. Mesa County reported a 8.5 percent increase.

Lodging tax collections, a measure of hotel and motel stays in Grand Junction, rose 7.4 percent.

The latest numbers extend what’s been an upward trend in local tax collections.

The city collected a total of almost $57 million in sales and use taxes in 2018. That’s an increase of more than $4 million over 2017.

Sales tax collections rose 7.2 percent. Use tax collections, a far smaller and more volatile source of revenue for the city, fell 9.8 percent on lower sales in the energy and construction sectors.

For December alone, the city collected a total of more than $4.6 million in sales and use taxes. That’s an increase of $275,407 and 6.3 percent over the same month in 2017. Sales tax collections rose 5.2 percent, while use tax collections fell 7.2 percent. December collections reflect November sales.

Mesa County collected a total of more than $36.1 million in sales and use taxes in 2018. That’s an increase of $2.8 million and 8.5 percent over 2017. Sales tax collections rose 8.7 percent. Use tax collections — most of them on the sale of automobiles purchased outside the county, but used in the county — rose 5.8 percent.

County tax collections on retail sales increased 6.4 percent in 2018 with increases in the sales of clothing, health and personal care products and sporting goods.

Sales tax collections also rose for most of the other industry categories with the biggest gains in the automotive, home improvement, hotel and restaurant and oil and natural gas categories. Tax collections dropped in the professional and telecommunications categories.

For December alone, the county collected a total of $2.9 million in sales and use taxes, a 4.8 percent gain over the same month in 2017.

For January 2019, the county collected a total of almost $3.4 million. That’s an increase of 5.2 percent over January 2018.

The City of Grand Junction collected nearly $1.6 million in lodging taxes during 2018. That’s an increase of $108,622 and 7.4 percent over 2017.

For December alone, the city collected $85,617 in lodging taxes, an increase of $5,745 and 7.2 percent over the same month in 2017. December collections reflect hotel and motel stays in November.