Junction sales tax collections in April higher than last year

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Sales tax collections in Grand Junction for April edged higher than those collected for the same month in 2010.

Total sales and use taxes in April were at $4 million, compared with $3.7 million collected in April of last year, according to the city of Grand Junction.

“We’re delighted with the forecast so far,” Grand Junction City Manager Laurie Kadrich said. “If we have one or two more (good) months, we won’t have to make any further adjustments.”

City officials had planned about a dozen more layoffs and other cost-cutting measures if sales tax collections decreased this year as they have in recent years.

Collections for Grand Junction’s use taxes are continuing an upward trend. That may signal a potential increase in natural gas drilling jobs in western Colorado. Use taxes in Grand Junction are largely from capital purchases by the energy industry.

April’s city use tax collections came in at nearly $196,000. That’s an increase from April 2010’s nearly $101,000 in collections.

“The question will come whether jobs will follow that,” Kadrich said.

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