Tax collections, a measure of sales activity, continue to rise in Mesa County.
The county collected nearly $ 3.9 million in sales taxes in June, a 21% increase from the same month last year.
The county collected nearly $ 400,000 in user taxes – almost all on automobiles purchased outside the county, but used in the county. This is an increase of 94% from a year ago.
The June collections reflect the May sales.
As of the press deadline, the City of Grand Junction had yet to publish its June sales, use and accommodation tax collection reports on its website.
For Mesa County, the combined sales and use tax collections in June are up more than $ 863,000 and 25.4% from the same month a year ago.
Retail sales tax collections reached nearly $ 1.3 million, an increase of 13.9% from a year ago. Collections grew in all retail categories, including a 112.7% increase in clothing, a 27% increase in health and personal care, and a 5.8% increase in internet sales .
Collections also increased year-over-year by 62.1% on restaurant meals and hotel stays and 22.1% on home renovations. Collections fell 2% on auto sales and 2.3% in the oil and gas sector.
For the first half of 2021, Mesa County raised a total ofover $ 23 million in sales and use taxes. This is an increase of almost $ 4.5 million and 24% over the same period in 2020. Sales tax collections increased 22.1%, while sales tax collections increased by 22.1%. the usage tax increased by 49.6%.
County tax collections on retail sales totaled nearly $ 7.7 million in the first half of 2021. Internet sales tax collections increased 43.3% to nearly 1.5 million bucks.
Sales tax collections increased 36.8% on home renovations, 31.9% on restaurant meals and hotel stays and 23.8% on auto sales. Collections fell 55.3 percent in the oil and natural gas sector.