Sales tax collection still down in Dillon |

Sales tax collection still down in Dillon

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DILLON – October sales tax numbers in Dillon fell slightly over town projections, but finances continue to stay steady.

Dillon’s treasurer Carri McDonnell said the town’s sales tax collection was down 12.4 percent for October, a $29,880 loss in comparison with October 2008. Year-to-date, Dillon is down 10.1 percent, or $331,304. The town has already budgeted for a 10 percent decrease in 2009.

“It means the same as last month,” McDonnell said. “We’re still holding at around a 10 percent reduction in sales tax. I don’t anticipate any changed in budget.”

September sale tax numbers were down 9.8 percent ($27,000) and August numbers were down 9.5 percent ($34,955).

McDonnell also noted a decline in all areas of sales tax collection for October:

Retail – October’s collection was down 17.6 percent, or $28,798; Year-to-date it’s down 8.8 percent, or $188,996.

Lodging – October’s collection was down 35.5 percent or $3,187; Year-to-date it’s down 18.9 percent, or $38,508.

Restaurants – October’s collection was down 6 percent, or $1,853; Year-to-date it’s down 8.2 percent, or $42,544.

“We will continue to monitor sales tax collection add make changes (the budget) as needed,” McDonnell said, noting that she hopes November and December (traditionally big sales tax months) will not see large declines.

“October is one of our smaller months,” she added.

Dillon’s sales tax collection has seen eight straight months of decline so far.

“February saw an increase,” McDonnell said. “I think it was late payers, otherwise it probably would have been a decline. Then it would have been 10 straight months of decline.”

Caitlin Row can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or at

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