Mesa County sales tax collections trend upward

Sales tax collections, a measure of retail activity, continue to trend upward on year-over-year basis in Mesa County.

Mesa County collected nearly $4 million in sales taxes in December, bringing total collections for 2022 to more than $48.7 million. December collections topped those for the same month a year ago by 8.9 percent. Year-end collections for 2022 topped those for 2021 by 10.2 percent.

December collections reflect November sales and the traditional start of the holiday shopping season.

Reports for Grand Junction sales, use and lodging tax collections for December and 2022 weren’t available as of the Jan. 23 production deadline for the Business Times.

Mesa County tax collections on retail sales totaled nearly $2.5 million in December, a 6.8 percent year-over-year increase. Collections rose on automobiles, clothing, general merchandise and home improvements, but declined on health and personal care items.

Sales tax collections also increased for most other industry categories, including the construction, hotel and restaurant, oil and natural gas and wholesale categories.

Mesa County collected more than $352,000 in use taxes in December, nearly all of that imposed on automobiles purchased outside the county, but used in the county. That’s a 2.9 percent decrease from the same month a year ago.

Use tax collections increased 5 percent for 2022, however, to nearly $4.5 million.

For all of 2022, county tax collections on retail sales topped $29 million, a 7.2 percent increase from 2021. Collections increased 7.9 percent on the sale of home improvements, 8.2 percent on general merchandise and  9 percent on automobiles.

Year-end sales tax collections also increased for each of 15 industry categories with a 58.9 percent increase in transportation, 36.2 percent gain in construction and 21.1 percent jump in oil and gas.