Steamboat Springs January sales tax collections show 8 percent improvement |

Steamboat Springs January sales tax collections show 8 percent improvement

Nicole Miller

— Tax collections in the city of Steamboat Springs took a dramatic turn for the better in the new year, according to a preliminary report released Thursday by the city.

Following a December 2012 report marred by collections that were below December 2011 levels, the January report showed growth in all sales tax areas and categories as well as growth in other taxes the city collects. The city collected $1.9 million in January compared with $1.76 million in January 2012, an 8.3 percent increase.

By category, sporting goods saw the most growth compared with January 2012 at 17.3 percent. Sporting goods was the only sales tax category that showed growth in the December 2012 report. Miscellaneous retail also showed significant growth in January at 12.2 percent. Other areas showing growth compared with 2012 were utilities at 6.7 percent, restaurants at 4.3 percent, lodging and amenities at 3.6 percent and liquor stores at 1.3 percent.

By sales tax area, west Steamboat saw dramatic growth compared with January 2012 at 21 percent. The U.S. Highway 40 corridor also showed significant growth at 17.2 percent. Other sales tax categories showing growth include downtown at 6.7 percent, regional at 5.5 percent and the mountain area at 0.6 percent.

In other tax categories, the city collected $14,517 in building-use taxes in January compared with a year ago, when the city posted a net loss of $5,927. The increase marks a 345 percent improvement.

Accommodations tax collections increased 2 percent from $97,776 in 2012 to $99,787 this year.

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The Local Marketing District air service tax collected $119,063 in January compared with $88,368 in the first month 2012 for a 34.7 percent increase. The tax that is dedicated to funding direct ski season jet flights into Yampa Valley Regional Airport was approved by voters in November 2011 and first was collected in January 2012.

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Download the full January 2013 preliminary sales tax report here.

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