Liquor taxes remained up, continuing a trend during the pandemic.
Meanwhile, hotel occupancy tax collections were way off, as were fuel taxes.
Part of the overall decline in collections was by design. The state decided to follow the federal government's lead and move the final income tax filing deadline from April 15 to July 15.
That moved it from fiscal 2020 to fiscal 2021, which started July 1. So state coffers will get a big boost in income tax collections in July, aiding the just-started fiscal year.
That doesn’t, however, mean the state will be floating in rivers of tax money this year.
Gov. Brian Kemp on June 30 signed a 2021 budget that included $2.2 billion in spending cuts, including about $950 million for K-12 education.
Agencies took about a 10% budget cut. It could have been worse - in May, budget writers were expecting agencies to cut 14%, or $3.3 billion.
During the June legislative session, Kemp came back with the lower number and said he would allocate $250 million in reserves as well.
Kemp began the year with about $2.8 billion in the state's "rainy day" reserve
However, he allocated$100 million to fight the pandemic in March. With what was used to fill holes in state spending during the final three months of fiscal 2020 and the allocation for fiscal 2021, nearly half of the reserve will be gone by this time next year.