County sales tax revenue exceeded expectations

Trend continues from the past 10 years

[ By Katherine Nettles ]

Sales taxes revenues have steadily increased across the county every year for the past decade, and 2020 was no different. Even after a robust year in 2019, 2020 numbers still managed to top that by 11.68-percent, despite fears of a major downturn given the pandemic, according to the county’s final tallies released at the end of February.

March and April were the only months that showed decreases in sales tax revenue across the county, and September 2020 had the highest sales tax increase of the year at 28.78 percent.

The city of Gunnison, town of Crested Butte, Marble, Pitkin and unincorporated areas all showed increases in September from 2019, and Mt. Crested Butte was the only area showing a shortfall for that month. October and November for Mt. CB did surpass the 2019 sales tax numbers, while other months fell shorter. The county had budgeted for $2.38 million in 2020 sales tax revenues and the actual numbers were roughly $2.8 million, a “Positive outcome for [the] County’s budget,” as the finance department memo noted. The 1% for Open Space tax revenue was also up throughout the year, with the exceptions of March and April.

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