Georgia tax collections rise in July

ATLANTA — Georgia collected 7.4 percent more in taxes during July than it had the same month a year ago, Gov. Nathan Deal announced Thursday.

After refunds, the increase was just 3.1 percent.

Collections increased significantly for sales, individual and corporate income taxes. Similar declines appeared in fuel, car tags and tobacco taxes.

Despite such positive signs of economic rebound, Deal has ordered every state agency, except the Department of Education, to trim 3 percent from its current spending plans and prepare for similar or larger cuts in the next fiscal year.