- The Washington Times - Monday, September 12, 2011

Maryland’s new alcohol sales tax brought the state $6 million in extra revenue during its first month, the state comptroller’s office said Monday.

The state’s sales tax on alcohol increased from 6 percent to 9 percent on July 1, after the General Assembly approved the increase in April.

Officials have estimated the increase would generate $85 million in its first year. The $6 million raised during July puts the state on pace for just $72 million.

“We never really draw conclusions based on one month’s data,” said Caron Brace, spokeswoman for Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot. “We need to give it some time.”

David Roose, director of the state’s Board of Revenue Estimates, told the Associated Press several factors could have affected July revenues, including residents stocking up on alcohol in June to avoid paying the higher tax rate.