County sales tax collection on the rise

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MESA COUNTY, Colo. Mesa County officials are breathing a little more easily as experts say some trends show our economy is moving in a more positive direction.

Sale tax collections were up slightly in 2013 compared to the previous year. The beginning of the year got off to a rocky start as officials say they saw a decline in taxes in the first five months, but there was an increase in the last six out of seven months. County Finance Director Marcia Arnhold says, "2009 was our worst year, but now we're seeing it stabilized and certainty are happy it has increased."

The county collects a two percent sales tax, which came out to $37 million in 2013. Some $27 million goes to the county and is dedicated to a capital fund to improve the community with the construction of roads and bridges.

The other $10 million is split between Grand Junction, Collbran, Fruita, De Beque and Palisade.

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