Illinois sales tax receipts rose 11 percent in August. Strong automobile sales likely helped lift the numbers.
That runs counter to the state government's forecast of flat sales tax growth for the fiscal year that began July 1.
The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/19ttzgW ) that in the first two months of the fiscal year, receipts have grown $108 million, or more than 8 percent, above last year's level.
Officials say the results are "a little surprising." But they caution against reading too much into the jump.
He attributed the gains to good auto sales.
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