Rising sales tax collections continue to reflect increased spending in Mesa County.
According to a Mesa County report for March, sales tax collections totalled $2.58 million, a nearly 9 percent increase over the report for March 2010.
Reports covering the first quarter of the year show the county collected a total of $13.72 million, almost 5 percent more than the first quarter of 2010. The quarterly increase is the largest since 2007.
The March report reflects consumer spending in February because the reports lag one month behind. The first quarter reports reflect consumer spending from December 2010 through end of Feburary. Consequently, the report reflects holiday shopping in December.
March was the seventh consecutive month in which Mesa County realized year-to-year increases in sales tax collections.
March reports from the City of Grand Junction and Visitor and Convention Bureau were unavailable as of April 14. In February, the city logged its ninth consecutive month of year-to-year increases in collections.