January 30, 2014 January local option sales tax distribution down 0.5%
Utah’s 1% local sales tax of $36.92 million in January 2014 (representing November 2013 sales) was 0.5% lower than the $37.11 million distributed a year earlier. For the the first five months of fiscal year 2015, local sales tax distributions are up 4.8%. But during the last three months the growth rate has slipped to 2.8%.
Utah’s economy may have slowed a bit more due to layoffs by the federal government due to the impending shutdown. Utah’s employment growth rate slipped from 3% in the summer months to 2.2% in November. Total construction values in 17 Wasatch Front & Back counties fell 3.5% between September and November compared to a year earlier. In Salt Lake County, residential construction rose almost 7%, while commercial construction fell 64%, driving a 24% total decline in new construction.
Salt Lake City’s distribution fell 0.7% in January. Sandy’s distribution fell 6.2%, suggesting an almost 12% decline in sales for November. On the plus side, Draper’s distribution rose 6.2% and Murray and Midvale’s rose 4.5%.
In Utah and Weber County, city distributions rose between 1% and 2% in January. Utah County’s distribution for its .25% tax inexplicably fell 7.4%.
In Davis County, distributions for Bountiful, Clearfield and Layton rose 5.8 to 5.9%. Farmington’s distribution rose almost 30%, implying a direct sales increase of 60.3%.
St. George’s distribution rose 3.4%, implying a 7.3% increase in November sales.