Sales Tax Revenue in OH Counties with Utica Shale Soars

New research done by our friends at Energy in Depth has found that sales tax revenue generated by Ohio’s top eight Utica Shale counties–Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Guernsey, Harrison, Jefferson, Monroe and Noble–rose 45% from 2011 to 2016, while sales tax revenue in the state’s other 80 counties rose an average of 30%. That is, shale counties (collectively) brought in 15% more revenue into both county and state coffers than non-shale counties. Ohio levies a 6.75% sales tax on goods sold. Of that, 5.75% goes into the state budget (the black hole in Columbus), while 1% stays in the county budget. Conclusion: shale is helping to fund the entire state. That is, all state residents benefit from the shale industry in Ohio, in a very tangible way. Here’s the update from EID showing how shale counties are outperforming non-shale counties in the Buckeye State…

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