Sales tax grows in March
May 30, 2014
Douglas County saw a slight increase in taxable sales during the month of March, rising 2.6 percent to $50.7 million.
Food service and drinking places, the county's largest category, saw a 4.3 percent decrease to $11.1 million. That wasn't nearly as large a drop as the county's second largest category, general merchandise stores. That category, which includes both Douglas Walmarts, brought in $7.1 million, a 9.7 percent drop over March 2013.
Showing good growth in March was building material and garden equipment and supplies, which jumped up 24.6 percent to $4.8 million.
Merchant wholesalers of durable goods dropped 2.6 percent to $3 million. Motor vehicles and parts dealers posted a 10.7 percent gain to collect $2.5 million in sales.
The top five categories account for a little more than half the county's total.
In comparison, Clark County brought in $3.4 billion during the month. Washoe County reported $555 million in taxable sales, or more than 10 times Douglas County's total.
Carson City reported $75 million in taxable sales, while Elko County reported $115 million. Merchants across the state brought in $4.3 billion during March, a 7.9 percent increase over March 2013.
With three quarters of the fiscal year reporting, Douglas is running even with last year's sales tax collections.