Mesa County tax collections on the rise

A key measure of sales activity continues to increase in Mesa County.

The county reported collecting a total of nearly $3.17 million in sales and use taxes in February, an increase of more than $352,000 and 12.5 percent from the same month last year.

Sales tax collections rose 11.8 percent. Use tax collections — nearly all of it on automobiles purchased outside the county, but used in the county — rose 21.1 percent.

February tax collections reflect January sales.

February tax collections on retail sales exceeded $1 million, a gain of 18 percent over the same month last year. 

Tax collections on internet sales rose 48 percent to nearly $219,000. Collections also increased on sales of clothing, sporting goods and health and personal care items.

Collections rose  36.3 percent on home improvements and 2.2 percent on restaurant meals and hotel stays. Collections also increased for the manufacturing and telecommunications industries, but fell for the oil and natural gas industry.

The February numbers bring county sales and use tax collections so far for 2012 to more than $7 million. That’s an increase of more than $607,000 and 7.6 percent over the same span in 2020. Year-to-date sales tax collections increased 8.7 percent, while use tax collections rose 18.7 percent.

Year-to-date tax collections on retail sales topped $2.6 million, an increase of 18 percent. Collections on internet sales accounted for 39.3 percent of that amount.

Tax collections rose 29.5 percent on home improvements and 6.2 percent for automobiles, but fell 5.7 percent for restaurant meals and hotel stays. Collections increased 10.4 percent in the manufacturing industry, but fell 34.6 percent in the telecommunications industry and 
63.8 percent in the oil and natural gas sector.

For the 2020 calendar year, Mesa County reported collecting a total of more than $40 million in sales and use taxes. That was an increase of $1.6 million and 4.2 percent over 2019.