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VOL. 126 | NO. 241 | Monday, December 12, 2011

Tenn. Sales Taxes Up 5.2 Percent in November

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NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee sales tax collections were up 5.2 percent in November, and the state's general fund revenues have exceeded expectations by $69 million since the beginning of the budget year.

Finance Commissioner Mark Emkes stressed Friday that the sales tax collections reflect economic activity in October, meaning the state will have to wait to see the results of the post-Thanksgiving sales until next month.

Emkes announced the most recent revenue figures at a meeting of the State Funding Board. The panel also heard from economists about their projections for the state economy in the next budget year beginning in July.

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has said he expects to have to fill a funding gap of about $300 million in the upcoming spending year.

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PROPERTY SALES 106 418 11,538
MORTGAGES 135 521 14,424
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 2,278
BUILDING PERMITS 220 913 24,947
BANKRUPTCIES 53 297 8,729
BUSINESS LICENSES 26 119 3,890
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 71 524 13,980
MARRIAGE LICENSES 13 83 3,114

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