Sales-and-use tax revenue was up sharply in August, according to the latest figures from the city.
The combined tax — which is divided by 2 percent sales-and-use tax for the general fund, .4 percent for public safety and .1 percent for open space — increased 9.75 percent from July and 5.12 percent from August 2014.
The sales tax was up 10.4 percent for the month and up 5.3 percent year-to-date and the use tax dropped 1.08 percent for the month, but was up 1.74 percent year-to-date.
Sales and use tax revenue for the general fund equaled $13.1 million, while the public safety tax brought in $2.6 million and the .1 percent open space and parks tax bought in $658,349 for the month of August.
According to the city’s analysis, commercial machines had the biggest leap in growth at 55.1 percent, while medical marijuana came in second at 43.2 percent. Hotel and motel sales taxes were up 17.03 percent.
Net sales tax revenue for the year so far is at $82.6 million, higher than the $78.7 million brought in year- to-date in 2014.
The 2 percent Lodgers Tax and 1 percent Auto Rental Tax was also up for the month — the combined LART tax was up 16.76 for the month and 14.78 percent year-to-date. The Lodger’s Tax was up 18.06 percent for the month and 15.51 percent for the same period in 2014. The Auto Rental tax was up 2.36 percent for the month and 8.22 percent year-to-date.
The Lodger’s Tax bought $649,496 while the Auto Tax bought in $50,630 for the month of August.