Topeka Kansas’ tax collections were $67 million less than anticipated in September, leading to talk Wednesday of additional budget cuts.
The Department of Revenue released preliminary figures indicating that tax collections fell 12.5 percent below the state’s official forecast for the month. The department expected to collect $535 million and took in about $468 million.
Tax collections had kept pace with the forecast in July and August, the first two months of the state’s 2010 fiscal year. That had inspired hope that revenues were stabilizing and the state wouldn’t have to trim its spending again.
The state already has had four rounds of spending cuts and other budget adjustments to keep from running a deficit. Gov. Mark Parkinson and his fellow Democrats resisted some reductions sought by many Republicans, arguing the state should wait to see whether they were necessary.
“The prognosticators in government who argued that this day may not come now have to deal with the fact that it’s here,” said House Appropriations Committee Chairman Kevin Yoder, an Overland Park Republican.
Yoder said Parkinson should use his power as governor to make changes in the budget himself when legislators are not in session. Lawmakers adjourned in early June and don’t reconvene until January.
But Parkinson urged policymakers not to react hastily to the news.
Final revenue numbers, compiled by legislative researchers, won’t be released for several days.