Snowmass’ winter sales still up despite loss in March |

Snowmass’ winter sales still up despite loss in March

Despite a small decline year over year in March, Snowmass Village sales for the 2014-15 winter season are pacing ahead of last year.

Collections from the town’s 1 percent sales tax totaled $314,886.70 in March, according to a report from the Snowmass Village Finance Department. That’s 2.7 percent less than was collected in March 2014.

But the ski season is still on an upward track. Collections for the period from November through March are up 7.8 percent from the same timeframe last year.

The sales tax report divides collections into industry categories but does not report on individual businesses. Industries reporting gains in March were food, drug and liquor stores with an increase of 32.2 percent; general retail, 3.5 percent; and utilities, 5.1 percent.

Categories reporting decreased revenue in March were lodging, 5.8 percent; restaurants, 3.4 percent; sports equipment and clothing, 9 percent; and miscellaneous, 26.8 percent.

Lodging still accounted for nearly half of the sales tax revenue for the month. Collections from a separate lodging tax of 2.4 percent saw a decrease of 5.9 percent.

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