Grand Valley tax collections trend upward for first two months of 2020

Tax collections continued to increase in the Grand Valley through the first two months of 2020, a measure of higher retail sales compared to the same span in 2019.

Lodging tax collections in Grand Junction, an indicator of hotel and motel stays, also increased.

Numbers aren’t yet available, though, to indicate to what extent the coronavirus outbreak has affected the local retail and hospitality sectors.

The City of Grand Junction collected a total of nearly $10.2 million in sales and use tax collections for January and February. That’s an increase of almost $131,000 and 1.3 percent over the same two months last year.

January and February tax collections reflect sales in December and January.

Sales tax collections for the first two months of 2020 rose 1.9 percent. Use tax collections, a far smaller and more volatile source of revenue for the city, dropped 37.4 percent.

Sales tax collections for January increased 4 percent compared to the same month last year. But collections for February decreased 1.2 percent.

Mesa County collected a total of almost $6.5 million in sales and use taxes during the first two months of 2020. That’s an increase of nearly $353,000 and 5.8 percent over the same span in 2019.

Sales tax collections rose 7.3 percent. Use tax collections — most on automobiles purchased outside the county, but used in the county — fell 9.6 percent.

Sales tax collections rose 8.5 percent in January compared to the same month last year and 5.6 percent in February.

For the first two months of 2020, county tax collections increased 17.1 percent on retail sales compared to the same span in 2019. Collections rose 9.6 percent on autos, 8.2 percent on home improvements and 2 percent in the hotel and restaurant sector. Collections fell 69.7 percent in the oil and natural gas sector.

The City of Grand Junction collected a total of $165,448 in lodging taxes in January and February. That’s an increase of $11,602 and 7.5 percent over the same two months last year.

Lodging tax collections increased 14.6 percent in January, but edged down nine-tenths of a percent in February compared to the same months in 2019.