Douglas sees 9.3 percent sales tax increase |

Douglas sees 9.3 percent sales tax increase

Staff Reports

Douglas County merchants posted a 9.3 percent increase in taxable sales during November, according to figures released by the Nevada Department of Taxation today.

Taxable sales were reported to be $46.5 million, up from $42.5 million last year. In the first five months of the year, Douglas has racked up $259.8 million in taxable sales, up 3.9 percent from 2012.

The county’s largest category, food services and drinking places, posted a 7.2 percent increase to $9.4 million. The general merchandise stores category continued to increase by double digits over last year, growing to $9 million, up from $7.4 million in November 2012. While specific details are proprietary, the increase in the category coincides with the opening of the Gardnerville Walmart.

Building during November pushed building material and garden equipment and supplies 13 percent higher to $4.25 million.

Douglas County manufacturing contributed to the county’s taxable sales with a 28.5 percent increase to $2.69 million.

Rounding out the top five categories were food and beverage stores with $2.5 million, down 5.2 percent from last year.

Statewide sales were up 2.1 percent over the same month in 2012.