November 30, 2015 November local option sales tax distribution up 5.4%
At $50.18 million, November’s 1% local sales tax distribution, representing sales from September and 3rd quarterly tax returns, rose 5.4% over last year. This is the fourth month in a row that the distribution has increased 5% or more over the same month in 2014. For the first quarter of the cities’ fiscal year, distributions are up 5.8% over the prior year.
U.S. retail trade sales were up 2.3% in September compared to 2014. Motor vehicle sales were up 10.4% to 18.1 million units. In Utah, second quarter new car and truck unit sales were up 7%.
In Salt Lake County, where distributions were up 5.8%, Sandy (8.1%), West Valley (7.7%), Holladay (14%), and South Jordan (16.8%) sales did well.
In Utah County, Provo and Orem distributions were soft. Provo’s distributions were off 1.3%, implying a computed sales decline of 5.3%. In contrast, Lehi’s distribution was up 13.7%.
Weber County’s distribution was up 4.6%, where Ogden’s distribution increased 3.3%, while Roy’s was flat.
Davis County’s distribution grew almost 9% in November, with double-digit distributions in Bountiful, Kaysville, and Farmington.
Distributions in Park City (12.8%) and St. George (10.4%) were strong. Moab’s distribution fell 3%.