KY General Fund Receipts Continue Downward Spiral

Frankfort, KY – Revenue from income taxes has fallen nearly 10 percent since last September, adding to Kentucky's financial misery. State Budget Director Mary Lassiter says general fund receipts have fallen by a similar amount over the 12-month period.

A new report shows total revenue for September at almost $726 million. That's down from almost $805 million in September 2008. Most of the decline was attributable to income and sales taxes. Incomes tax revenue fell just under 10% while sales taxes revenue dropped by six and a half percent. Revenue from property taxes and coal severance taxes declined by 16% and about 13% respectively.

One bright spot: Cigarette tax revenue grew by 88% because of a tax hike approved by lawmakers earlier this year.