OH’s “Low” Severance Tax will Raise $30M+ in FY 2016

For all of Ohio Gov. John “foreigner hunter” Kasich’s bellyaching about a low severance tax, the state is doing very nicely, thank you. According to a report appearing in the Akron Beacon Journal, the severance tax collected mostly from Utica Shale wells in the Buckeye State for fiscal year 2016 (runs from July 1, 2015 throught June 30, 2016) could top $30 million. That pales in comparison to the $200 million or so Pennsylvania collects each year via an impact fee, their version of a severance tax. PA collects 6.5 times more in taxes on drilling than Ohio–but then again, there are 6.5x more wells drilled in PA than in OH…

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