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Fri., May 20, 2011, 12:50 p.m.

City of Spokane’s sales taxes drooped in 2010, compared with prior year

Last week we spotted an item on First Quarter sales taxes for Spokane County.  The item noted the county saw a very tiny uptick, of about 2.7% from the same period a year earlier. (Though listed as first quarter, that number is actually for November-January 2011.)

That made us ask how the City of Spokane fared in total sales taxes collected during 2010.

We go the answer from Rick Romero, the city's internal auditor. No big surprise, the city's take from taxes was down about half of one percent, (.005) for 2010 compared with the year earlier.

That covers not just retail sales, but taxes on services and a few other categories including lodging and dining.

The raw numbers: 

  • Spokane's 2009 taxable sales: roughly $3.7 billion.
  • Spokane's 2010 taxable sales: roughly $3.67 billion.

Romero noted that for 2010, the city reaped about $33 million from the $3.67 billion collected and sent to the governor.

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Tom Sowa
Tom Sowa covers technology, retail and economic development and writes the Office Hours blog.