Sales tax collections continue to outpace 2010

Sales and use tax collections, a key indicator of retail activity, continue to come in ahead of last year in Mesa County, the latest government reports confirm.

The City of Grand Junction reported collecting a total of more than

$4.3 million in sales and use taxes in October, an increase of more than 4.2 percent over the same month last year.

Mesa County reported collecting a total of more than $2.2 million in sales taxes for its capital improvement and general funds, up nearly

4.7 percent from October 2010. The county collected an additional

$852,588 in sales taxes it distributed to cities and towns in the county, including Grand Junction. That number is similarly up almost

4.7 percent from last year.

Since tax reports lag a month behind, October reports reflect September sales.

For reports covering the first nine months of 2011, the City of Grand Junction collected a total of nearly $41 million, an increase of 8.4 percent from the same span in 2010.

Mesa County collected a total of nearly $21.8 million in sales taxes for its capital improvement and general funds during the first nine months of 2011. That total comes in at 8.5 percent ahead of the same span in 2010.

Mesa County collected an additional $8.3 million in sales taxes it distributed to cities and towns in the county, also about 8.5 percent ahead of last year.