Summit County Auditor Blake Frazier told the County Council during its meeting Wednesday, May 1 that sales tax revenues are up from last year, though building permits have declined.
"You're getting a little more sales tax than you were the previous year," he said. "And last year was a little higher than the previous year, so we're still on an incline there. But one thing that bothers me a little is that your building permits are down a little bit."
During the first quarter of 2012, the county issued about 90 permits. But the county only issued 79 permits during the first quarter of this year.
"That's about $20,000 less, but it's still early in the year," he said.
Before the downturn in the economy, the county received about $1.8 million annually from building permits, Frazier added. The county now receives about $600,000.
"So we are nowhere near where that was, and I don't think you're going to see that for some time," he said.
However, he added that, overall, the first quarter of 2013 looks positive.
"All in all, it's looking a little bit better on the indicators you can find right now," he said.
The county will also soon see a slight bump in sales tax revenue, as the county receives sales tax that for years has been incorrectly diverted to Park City.
In April, Park City discovered that 115 businesses in the county's jurisdiction had incorrectly coded their sales tax for Park City instead of Summit County, costing the county hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The Utah Tax Commission gave Summit County the option of having the last 90 days of sales tax redistributed from the city to the county, which the county opted to do.
According to Leavitt, in the next couple months the county should see an increase in about $118,000 from the redistribution.