Glenwood sales, lodging taxes up again in June |

Glenwood sales, lodging taxes up again in June

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – City of Glenwood Springs sales and lodging taxes remained up in June, the same month in which large wildfires burning on the Front Range kept tourists away from some parts of the state.

The city’s June sales tax report, released on Friday, shows sales were up 3.08 percent over the same month last year.

In terms of dollars, sales tax collections for the city were up from $1,297,444 in June 2011 to $1,337,390 in June of this year, according to the mid-year sales tax report.

Year to date, sales taxes are up 7.21 percent, and the June increase marks the 17th straight month in which sales increased over the same month in the previous year.

Retail sales in April and May were a bit stronger in the month-over-month comparisons. April sales were up 8.5 percent and May was up 6.9 percent compared to the same months last year.

Likewise, the city’s 2.5 percent accommodations (lodging) tax collections for June were up nearly 17 percent compared to the same month last year, from $75,280 to $87,973.

It’s a strong indication that Glenwood Springs maintained its tourism draw at a time when much of Colorado was being devastated by fire and drought.

Through mid-year, the lodging tax has brought in $313,095 to the city’s tourism fund, according to the June report. That’s compared to $269,976 through the first six months of 2011; a nearly 16 percent increase.

An updated retail sector breakdown for sales taxes was not included with the June report.

Through May, however, Glenwood Springs was seeing a huge 50 percent increase in the sales of apparel and accessories. That was largely due to the March opening of the new Ross Dress for Less store in the Glenwood Springs Mall.

Sales in other sectors also continue up through five months of the year compared to last year, including general merchandise (5 percent), building materials and supplies (11.7 percent), automotive/service stations (16.6 percent), food stores (5 percent), eating/drinking establishments (6.1 percent) and furniture/home furnishings (7.1 percent).

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