Yearly sales tax revenue up 7 percent

Mesa County sales tax collections were up nearly 7 percent overall in 2011 compared with 2010, according to the county’s financial department.

The county’s sales taxes in 2011 increased every month, except November, over the previous year, with the largest gains in July. Sales tax revenue in July 2011 was $2.36 million, which was a 36.6 percent increase over July 2010.

Sales tax is only one revenue source for the county, but it is a significant source of funding and an indicator of the health of the local economy, county officials said in a news release Friday.

“Now we’ve seen increases for all but one of the last 16 months. We hope this is a good sign that things are starting to look up for our local economy,” Mesa County Commissioner Craig Meis said.


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