Sales tax revenues up

City and county ahead of last year's numbers


Sales tax revenue in Craig increased in March and April after coming in below budget for January and February.

Moffat County has seen sales tax increases during the same time frame, and both governments are well ahead of last year's sales tax numbers at this time.

Sales tax revenue is collected by the state, and sales tax information usually lags two months behind the current date.

As of April, Craig was $4,454 ahead of 2003's sales tax revenues for the same time period. That's an increase of slightly more than one-half of 1 percent.

Moffat County experienced a greater increase, receiving a 4.3 percent increase of $12,402.

Cathy Vanatta, director of the Craig Chamber of Commerce, attributed the gain to an increase of residents in Craig and the county.

"More people are moving here, and that means many more people are buying things here," Vanatta said.

She said the staff at the chamber have been distributing more relocation packets lately.

"Tourism is about the same, but a lot more people are moving here," she said.

The sales tax figures put both governments above their sales tax projections. Moffat County projected a sales tax increase of 3 percent for the year, based on historical increases. Craig City Council estimated the city's revenue would come in 4 percent below 2003's revenue, primarily because of a reduction in grants after the completion of the Ridgeview Trail. But other revenue sources such as taxes and utility fees are projected relatively even with 2003.

A 2 percent sales tax is levied in Moffat County. Of the sales tax collected in Craig and Dinosaur, 37.5 percent goes to the appropriate city or town, 25 percent is allocated to the county's general fund, and 37.5 percent goes toward paying off debt on the Public safety Center.

While writing the 2004 budget, county officials decided to set up a system to begin monitoring sales tax revenue in the community and notify the city of possible errors. Governments that do this usually see revenue increases of 5 percent to 8 percent, according to the county budget book.

Rob Gebhart can be reached at 824-7031 or

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