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EPHRATA - A better economy usually means more buying among local consumers. New sales tax revenue data released by Washington’s Department of Revenue reflects that notion. On Wednesday, the Department of Revenue emailed third quarter sales tax totals for the third quarter of 2019. With an overall 7% uptick in year-over-year sales tax revenue statewide between 2018 and 2019, local trends were all positive.

The following statistics reflect the data released by the state agency on Wednesday.

Grant County 

2019 Taxable Retail Sales Revenue Total: $752,196,817

2018 Taxable Retail Sales Revenue Total: $702,974,183

Percent Change: 7.002%

Chelan County

2019 Taxable Retail Sales Revenue Total: $631,083,067

2018 Taxable Retail Sales Revenue Total: $611,289,656

Percent Change: 3.238%

Douglas County

2019 Taxable Retail Sales Revenue Total: $283,446,394

2018 Taxable Retail Sales Revenue Total: $250,128,728

Percentage Change: 13.320%

Some highlights of third-quarter 2019 taxable retail sales and retail trade sales statewide include:

  • Construction rose 10% to $10.4 billion.
  • Sales of building materials, garden equipment and supplies increased 4.3% to $2.1 billion.
  • Miscellaneous retailers’ sales increased 24.3% to $3 billion.
  • Apparel and accessories sales rose 5.4% to $1.3 billion.
  • Taxable retail sales reported by new and used auto dealers decreased -3.1% to $3.6 billion.

(5) comments

Desert Dweller

Go Trump Go!!

Rattlesman

Rise in tax revenue=legislature imposing new taxes. Give em' a nickel and they spend a dime. Hide your money in a fruit jar!

Cheburashka

Read between the lines. Is this really good news for conservative Eastern Washington? The changes are mostly in building new houses, and purchases of goods like clothing. I don't think the issue here is that people who were already here were spending more. It's an issue of more people moving into the region and spending money. generally, folks in Eastern Washington are not very happy about people moving into the region.

Desert Dweller

Go Trump Go!!!

TaxMonkey

Damn straight!

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