Reports: Sales tax collections remain ahead of last year

Sales and use tax collections continue to rise in Mesa County and the latest reports from county and municipal governments indicate collections remain ahead of last year’s pace.

Mesa County reported $2.96 million in sales tax collections in April, a nearly 6 percent increase over the same month in 2010. So far for 2011, the county reported $11.36 million in collections, a 5 percent increase over the first four months of last year.

The City of Grand Junction reported $4.05 million in collections in April, almost 9 percent higher than April 2010. Year to date, city collections totaled $16.12 million for the period between January and April, 11 percent higher than the first four months of last year.

Mesa County and Grand Junction reports lag a month behind consumer spending. So reports from the first four months of 2011 actually represent consumer spending from December 2010 through March 2011.

Sales tax collection reports from Fruita and Palisade reflect more modest gains, but also indicate consumer spending is up over the first part of 2010.

Fruita reported that first quarter sales and use tax collections were 0.25 percent higher than the January-March period for 2010. In Palisade, sales tax collections for the first three months of 2011 totaled $40,238, about 1 percent higher than during the first quarter of 2010.

Fruita and Palisade reports correspond to the consumer spending that generated the taxes, so first quarter reports reflect spending that occurred from January through March.