Mesa County sales tax collections on the rise

Sales tax collections continue to rise in Mesa County, an indication of increased retail activity.

Mesa County collected nearly $3 million in sales taxes in October. That’s an increase of $160,568 and 5.7 percent over the same month last year.

The county also collected more than 287,000 in use taxes on automobiles purchased outside the county, but used in the county. Counting an additional $15,872 collected on building materials, total use taxes edged up $636 and two-tenths of a percent over the same month last year.

October collections reflect September sales.

Reports for sales, use and lodging tax collections for the City of Grand Junction weren’t posted online as of press deadline.

County sales tax collections rose 8 percent in the retail category with year-over-year gains for everything but food and beverages.

Sales tax collections rose 3.5 percent in the auto category, 3 percent in the home improvement category and a half point in the hotel and restaurant category. Larger proportional increases were reported at 51.2 percent in the construction category and 46.1 percent in the wholesale category. Year-over-year collections fell 45.2 percent in the oil and natural gas category and 19.2 percent in the auto repair category.

Through the first 10 months of 2019, Mesa County collected nearly $29 million in sales taxes. That’s an increase almost $1.6 million and 3 percent over the same span in 2018.

The county collected more than $2.8 million in use taxes through the first 10 months of 2019. That’s a decrease of $18,808 and seven-tenths of a percent over the same span in 2019.

County sales tax collections through the first 10 months of 2019 rose 5.6 percent in the retail category. Year-over-year gains also were reported for most other categories with a 5.5 percent increase in the auto category, a 5.2 percent increase in the hotel and restaurant category and half-point increase in the home improvement category. Sales tax collections rose 6.1 percent in the manufacturing category and 50.6 percent in the oil and gas category.