Granby’s September sales break record
Monthly sales tax collections in Granby have already exceeded the record set in July when revenues surpassed half a million dollars for the first time ever.
Elsewhere in the county, September was also a strong month. In Winter Park, the month’s sales tax, including lodging, was 9% up over last year for Winter Park at $481,591. However, Winter Park is still 13% behind where it was last year to date in sales tax.
Kremmling has not yet reported September numbers, but August was up 24% compared to the same month last year at $131,989. The town’s total sales tax is up year to date by nearly $150,000 or 22%.
In September, Granby saw $629,108 in general and capital funds sales taxes. The same month last year, the town made $388,947.
July revenue jumped to $521,076 breaking the previous highest ever sales tax month for the town, October 2019, by nearly $100,000. August 2020 was just under July at $516,609 before the town’s sales taxes jumped another $100,000 for September’s record.
With two months left in the year, the town has recorded more than $4 million in sales tax while 2019 saw $3.9 million for the entire year. Ten months into the town’s fiscal year, sales tax revenue is $930,257 more than the same period for 2019, equal to a 30% increase.
The town’s finance director expects a slightly slower October and November due to the East Troublesome Fire and its associated closures. Town staff is hopeful that this windfall can carry Granby through difficult times in the coming year.
In other business:
• Granby has hired Trustee Cathy Tindle as the building and planning technician. The town manager explained that this is a legal activity and that Tindle would recuse herself as a trustee from any discussions that affect her job.
Following the election, three new people were voted in as trustees. Kristie DeLay, Chris Michalowski and Rebecca Quesada will be appointed in the meeting following the final canvas from the county clerk, which will be Dec. 8. Current Trustees Natascha O’Flaherty and Tindle did not garner enough votes for re-election.
When Trustee Josh Hardy is sworn in as mayor, he will leave a two-year trustee seat open. The board will then appoint someone to fill his seat.
• The board held a workshop on its procurement policy. The policy was revisited in part to better define a preference for local vendors when deciding on bids for projects. The board was pleased with the proposed changes and the policy will be brought back for approval.
• As the Liquor Licensing Authority Board, the trustees approved a transfer of liquor license to the new owner of Granby Ranch. The board also held a 40 minute executive session related to subdivision and maintenance bonds at Granby Ranch, but took no action.
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