Mandan News

State, Mandan, sees taxable sales increase

North Dakota’s taxable sales and purchases were up $1.2 billion in the third quarter.

Sales tax was collected in the state during July, August and September on sales and purchases of  $6.735 billion this year, a 22.4 percent increase over last year.

“We have a record number of workers working in the state, a robust housing market, and strong land values, all contributing to upbeat consumer confidence as we entered the fourth quarter,” said Tax Commissioner Cory Fong in a release.

According to tax department data, Mandan saw $67,004,919 in relevant sales, a 13.68 percent increase. Bismarck’s taxable sales and purchases were $473,715,941 in the third quarter, up 5.88 percent over the same period last year. Burleigh County recorded $486,325,702 and Morton County $73,888,049.

Thirteen of 15 industries reported sales tax growth during the third quarter. The retail sector, which reflects consumer confidence, reported a gain of 13.1 percent compared to third quarter last year. Wholesale trade, which reflects spending by businesses, was up 30.7 percent.

The utilities sector had the largest percentage increase of 55.7 percent. Construction grew by 46.1 percent and financial, insurance, real estate, rental and leasing grew 35.5 percent.

The two sectors reporting decreases in sales tax collections were educational, health care, and social services and transportation and warehousing.