Walmart sales tax bump subsides |

Walmart sales tax bump subsides

Taxable sales numbers for Douglas County show some recovery in2012- 13. However, with five months left in the fiscal year, the numbers for fiscal year 2013-14 are flat so far.
Kurt Hildebrand |

One year after Douglas County received a sales tax jolt from the opening of the Gardnerville Walmart, receipts have not just flattened out but have fallen, according to figures released by the Nevada Department of Taxation.

County merchants in all categories experienced a 7.3 percent decrease compared to January 2013, bringing in $42.6 million during the first month of the year.

Categories including general merchandise; sporting goods, hobby, book and music; clothing and accessories; and electronics and appliances all took double digit hits when compared to January 2013.

While the state won’t discuss specific merchants’ contributions to sales tax numbers for proprietary reasons, Douglas County’s general merchandise stores category shot up the same month the Gardnerville big box store opened, and stayed that way through December.

In January 2013, the general merchandise category jumped up 51 percent to $8.1 million after Walmart was open for about a week. In January 2014, merchants reported $6.4 million, down a fifth from a year before.

One of the categories not affected by the Walmart, food services and drinking places, posted a slight decrease by comparison, with merchants bringing in $10.5 million, down 4.3 percent from last year.

The county’s minor building boom resulted in stronger receipts in the building material and garden equipment category, increasing by 3.7 percent to $3.63 million.

Food and beverage stores brought in $2.47 million, down 8 percent from the previous year. The fifth largest category in the county, merchant wholesalers of durable goods, experienced an improvement in sales, climbing 5.5 percent to $2.45 million.

Sales tax for the fiscal year is essentially flat for the fiscal year at $356.7 million, down .6 percent.

Douglas County receives sales tax support from Carson City and Washoe and Clark counties.

County budget hearings where sales, property and other tax revenues were discussed Tuesday and will continue 4 p.m. today.