Still Strong: Proxying Consumer Spending with Retail Sales Tax

Pearl Street

by Louis Rosner, Economic Development Analyst This report offers an in-depth look at sales tax collections in the city of Boulder, using them as a proxy for consumer activity. The analysis starts with a review of sales tax collections since 2004, followed by an exploration of their seasonality. Next, the focus shifts to how sales taxes can identify trends in the recovery and post-recovery phases of the COVID-19 pandemic. Finally, the collections are broken down by geography, highlighting four major retail districts in Boulder: Pearl Street Mall, N. 28th St Commercial, Downtown, and the Hill.

Overall Analysis

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