Declines in state coal production caused severance taxes to lag in recent months.
While October showed improvement, Muchow said this was due more to the way the calendar affected the timing of payments than to increased production.
"The monthly surplus in Severance Tax receipts was largely attributable to the combination of a greater-than-anticipated revenue carryover from September and two additional collection days for October of this year," Muchow said.
Surpluses in corporate and severance tax collections helped offset a $7 million shortfall in personal income tax collections in October.
For the month, the state collected $116.8 million in personal income taxes, well short of the $123.7 million that had been expected. Collections were down 5.6 percent from October last year.
Muchow said declines in coal industry employment have been weighing on personal income tax withholdings this fiscal year. The amount of taxes withheld from paychecks in October was 9.4 percent less than last year.
Consumer sales tax collections were $1.2 million ahead of estimates in October, a sign of healthy consumer activity. The $405.1 million in consumer sales taxes collected since July 1 is $3.8 million above estimates.
Muchow said that surplus was "at least partly due to the increased natural gas drilling activities and related spending by workers in the Northern Panhandle of the state."
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