Vail ski season sales tax collections drop slightly |

Vail ski season sales tax collections drop slightly

Scott N. Miller
Vail, CO, Colorado

April sales tax collections in Vail were down from the 2009. With numbers for the entire ski season now available, 2009-10 season was down slightly from the 2008-09 season.

According to the most recent numbers from the town, April sales tax collections dropped 8.5 percent in 2010 from 2009. Hardest hit was the retail sector, which dropped more than 15 percent. The “Utilities/Other” category also saw a double-digit drop, 12.7 percent. The food and beverage sector also dropped, by 6.7 percent.

The only business category that increased for the month over 2009 was lodging, with a 3.4 percent increase.

With the April numbers in, the town now has a complete picture of the last ski season, which was slightly better than the 2008-09 season.

For the season, the town still collected more than $12 million in taxes, but the overall take was down 1.4 percent from the 2008-09 season.

The biggest percentage gain for the season was in gallery sales – up nearly 32 percent – but that represented just less than $37,000 in revenue to the town.

The biggest drop for the season was in the “Utilities/Other” category, which fell nearly 14 percent.

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