Mesa County sales tax collections jump

Sales tax collections, a measure of retail activity, continue to increase in Mesa County.

Sales tax collections for April jumped 42.2 percent over the same month last year. Collections through the first four months of 2020 were up 17.2 percent. April collections reflect March sales.

The county reported collecting a total of nearly $4.3 million in sales and use taxes in April.

Use taxes — most of them collected on automobiles purchased outside the county, but used in the county — nearly doubled on a year-over-year basis to $395,454.

County tax collections on retail sales approached $1.4 million in April, a 43.7 percent increase over the same month last year. Taxes on internet sales totaled $262,758, a 62.6 percent increase.

Collections rose 91.2 percent in the construction industry, 88.7 percent in the hotel and restaurant sector and 81.7 percent on auto sales. Collections fell 71.7 percent in the oil and natural gas sector.

For the first five months of 2021, Mesa County reported collecting a total of more than $14.5 million in sales and use taxes.

Use tax collections increased 27.9 percent on a year-over-year basis to more than $1.2 million.

The county collected more than $5 million in taxes on retail sales during the four-month span and more than $1 million of that on internet sales.

Tax collections rose 38.9 percent on home improvements, 38.5 percent in the construction sector, 25.8 percent on automobiles and 13.9 percent for the hotel and restaurant sector. Tax collections fell 63.9 percent in the oil and gas sector.