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 more than $3.1 million in sales taxes in September. That’s an increase of nearly $238,000 and 8.2 percent over the same month last year.

The county collected almost $300,000 in use taxes in September 2019 — nearly all of that from the sale of automobiles purchased outside the county, but used in the county. That’s an increase of more than $31,000 and 11.7 percent over the same month last year.

September tax reports reflect August collections.

County sales tax collections rose 8.4 percent in the retail category with year-over-year gains for everything but health and personal care items.

Sales tax collections rose 3 percent in the hotel and restaurant category, 4.8 percent in the home improvement category and 11.5 percent in the auto category. Larger proportional increases were reported at 25 percent in the wholesale category and 52 percent in the construction category. Collections dropped 34.1 percent in the oil and natural gas category.

Through the first three quarters of 2019, Mesa County collected nearly $26 million in sales taxes. That’s an increase of more than $1.4 million and 5.8 percent over the same span in 2018.

The county collected almost $2.6 million in use taxes through the first three quarters of 2019. That’s a gain of more than $35,000 and 1.4 percent over the same span in 2018.

County sales tax collections through the first three quarters of 2019 rose 5.3 percent in the retail category. Year-over-year increases also were reported for most other categories with a 5.1 percent gain in the manufacturing category, 5.7 percent gain in the auto category and
5.8 percent gain in the hotel and restaurant category. Sales tax collections rose 41 percent in the construction category and 64.8 percent in the oil and gas category. Collections dropped 13.4 percent in the telecommunications sector.