By Mark Waite
Nye County taxable sales in October were up 38 percent over the same month in 2011, after running behind two of the first three months of the fiscal year that began July 1.
Nye County merchants recorded $55.1 million in taxable sales in October 2012, up from $40.3 million in October 2011, according to figures released by the Nevada Department of Taxation.
For the first four months of the fiscal year, taxable sales in Nye County were $186.8 million, up 6.5 percent from $175.5 million last year.
That’s a change from the end of September when taxable sales were down 2.6 percent for the first quarter of the fiscal year.
Taxable sales by specialty trade contractors quintupled, from $2.3 million to $14.4 million. Merchant wholesalers of durable goods, a category tied to the mining industry, saw taxable sales almost double from $2.7 million to $5.46 million. Taxable sales for machinery manufacturing doubled from $1.19 million to $2.48 million.
The 51 motor vehicle and parts dealers in the county had another good month, with taxable sales 42.4 percent above last year, so far this year they registered a one-third increase over figures at the same time in fiscal year 2011-12.
Chemical manufacturing taxable sales rose 15.7 percent, from $2.8 million to $3.25 million.
Food services and drinking places took in a 14.6 percent increase in taxable sales in October, increasing from $3.3 million to $3.78 million, so far this fiscal year taxable sales are up 15.8 percent. Taxable sales for building material, garden equipment and supplies rose 10 percent in October, from $2.34 million to $2.58 million. Non-store retailers saw a 38 percent increase in taxable sales, from $840,556 to $1.16 million.
The bountiful increases were offset by a drop of 92 percent in taxable sales on utilities, from $4.97 million to $400,564. Taxable sales paid by general merchandise stores dropped 1.4 percent from $4 million to $3.98 million.
Nye County took in $1.08 million in consolidated taxes during October, which includes sales, cigarette and liquor taxes. For the fiscal year, the county has received $4.38 million.
Statewide, taxable sales rose 4.3 percent in October, which increased the gains to 5.2 percent for the fiscal year. The largest increases were the 16.8 percent by motor vehicle and parts dealers; the 22.2 percent gain by merchant wholesalers of durable goods; a 12.6 percent gain by clothing and clothing accessories stores; a 10.7 percent rise in building material and garden equipment; and 24.5 percent by specialty trade contractors.
Eleven of the 17 Nevada counties recorded increases. Only Churchill, Esmeralda, Pershing, Storey, Washoe and White Pine counties recorded decreases. The Nye County increase in taxable sales was the second highest in the state behind the 46.7 percent increase in neighboring Lander County.