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Douglas leads state in taxable sales increase

by Sheila Gardner

Douglas County is leading the state with a 16.3 percent increase in taxable sales for fiscal 2000 compared to a year ago.

Figures released Thursday by the Nevada Department of Taxation show Douglas with a 23.6 percent increase for the month of April compared to last year.

By comparison, the state average is a 4.7 percent increase over April 1999 and a 6.2 percent increase for the 10 months of fiscal year 2000. Carson City reported an 8.5 percent increase over April 1999 and a 1.3 percent increase for the fiscal year.

“It’s definitely due in part to Home Depot and Target,” said County Manager Dan Holler.

The large retailers opened in northern Douglas County within the past year.

“April also had five Saturdays, plus Easter,” Holler said. “That usually helps on a sales tax basis if you have an extra weekend in the month and a holiday.”

“My guess is, too, because of the nice weather, we had a pretty good building season,” Holler said.

According to statewide figures, eating and drinking establishments had a 11.4 percent increase, automotive dealers and gasoline were up 12 percent, miscellaneous retail was up 8.3 percent, general merchandise stores up 8.8 percent and apparel and accessory stores up 19.2 percent. Building materials statewide were up 9.5 percent.

Douglas County taxable sales for April were $40.6 million compared to $32.8 in April 1999. For the fiscal year, the figure is $430.7 million compared to $370.3 million last year.