Our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy have changed.

By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to the new Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

Local tax coffers fall lower nationwide

By Jennifer Liberto, senior writer


WASHINGTON (CNNMoney.com) -- In another ominous sign for state budgets nationwide, state and local governments reported another drop in overall tax revenue on Tuesday.

General sales tax, individual income tax and corporate income tax were all down in the third quarter of 2009, resulting in an overall 6.7% drop in total tax revenue, compared to the same quarter in 2008, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

This is the fourth consecutive quarter in which tax revenue collection has fallen.

The one bright spot was property tax collection, which showed a slight increase of 3.5%, compared to the same quarter in 2008.

Total taxes collected in the third quarter were $266.5 billion compared to $285.6 billion during the same quarter in 2008.

States are wrestling with some of the worst budget deficits since the Great Depression. Rising unemployment has wreaked havoc on their vital revenue streams of personal income, corporate profits and sales taxes.

Though governors and lawmakers are reluctant to raise taxes, particularly in bad economic times, the current fiscal situation has prompted some to turn to such measures.

Some 29 states enacted revenue hikes for fiscal 2010, which began on July 1 in nearly all states. Personal income tax hikes accounted for the largest portion, some $10.7 billion. Corporate levies declined by $202.2 million. To top of page

Index Last Change % Change
Dow 22,349.59 -9.64 -0.04%
Nasdaq 6,426.92 4.23 0.07%
S&P 500 2,502.22 1.62 0.06%
Treasuries 2.26 -0.02 -0.70%
Data as of 4:03am ET
Company Price Change % Change
Bank of America Corp... 25.02 -0.14 -0.56%
Advanced Micro Devic... 13.30 -0.11 -0.82%
Apple Inc 151.89 -1.50 -0.98%
General Electric Co 24.87 0.12 0.48%
Ford Motor Co 11.84 0.12 1.02%
Data as of Sep 22
Sponsors

Sections

The shutdown, which raised protests from navigator groups, will occur from midnight to noon on on all but one Sunday. More

Facebook's board withdrew a proposal that was the subject of a shareholder lawsuit. As a result, the CEO will no longer head to court on Tuesday. More

When you're making big career decisions, you turn to your mentors and your trusted peers. But how do you find these mentors and trusted peers in the first place? More