By Staff Reports
(Apple Valley)–According to the first quarter sales tax report, which represents sales transactions from January to March of this year, gross sales tax collections for the Town of Apple Valley were up slightly by 0.6% from the same quarter one year ago. This increase represents an additional $8,002 in sales tax collections during the quarter on a year-over-year basis. Sales tax growth estimates for the remainder of calendar year 2012 are projected at between 4.5% – 5.0%.
“Although this quarterly gain is minor, it represents eight consecutive quarters of sales tax growth on a year-over-year basis since the economic recovery began,” said Apple Valley Finance Director Marc Puckett.
As a whole, sales tax collections in San Bernardino County increased by 10.2% on average during the quarter, and Southern California increased by 8.1% during the same period. Statewide, first quarter sales tax collections were up 8.4% overall during the period.
According to Puckett, only four of the 25 communities in San Bernardino County (Needles, Upland, Loma Linda, and Rialto) experienced a year-over-year decrease in sales tax collections during the quarter. Of the high desert communities, Hesperia lead in sales tax growth with an increase of 12.0%, followed by Victorville (8.1%), Barstow (4.4%) and Adelanto (0.5%).
In Apple Valley, of the major industry groups, autos and transportation had the highest percentage increase with 6.1% over the same quarter in the prior year.