February sales tax down in Rifle | PostIndependent.com

February sales tax down in Rifle

“Disappointing” is how Rifle Finance Director Charles Kelty described the city’s sales tax revenues for February, after a positive two percent increase to start the new year in January.

“We were down two percent, but for the year we’re up 0.3 percent,” he said. “I guess I’ll take what I can get.”

In his monthly report to the City Council, Kelty wrote that total sales, use and lodging tax revenues for the month ending Feb. 28 were just under $1.3 million, a 7.6 percent increase from the previous year’s $1.2 million. Most of that increase came in use taxes, which are paid on large construction projects, such as the recently-completed Kum & Go store and City Market gas station and Columbine Ford’s expansion project.

Building and motor vehicle use tax revenues for February were $165,000 and 115 percent higher than the previous year’s $77,000, Kelty wrote in his report.

For the year, sales tax revenues were $1.1 million and a .3 percent increase from the previous year’s $1.1 million, Kelty wrote.

Lodging tax revenues were more than $12,700, a 5.7 percent decrease from the previous year’s $13,500.

Among individual categories for February, Kelty said hardware and oil and gas were still lagging behind last year and leasing of rental cars was up but he expected that to level off as the year goes on.

“For the most part, things are pretty flat,” he summed up.

However, the city budgeted for no more revenue this year than last and expenses are currently within one percent of the budget, Kelty noted.

“We’re about right on track,” he said. “I wish it would be better, and if we see any big increase, we can amend the budget or use it sometime down the road. But I’m not anticipating any big jump. Until we see that come through, we’ll just count on things being relatively flat.”

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