The Idaho Liquor Division projects nearly one billion dollars in earnings over the next decade.

Liquor sales in Idaho brought in $215 million in 2018 of which $78.5 million went to the state.

Liquor Division Director Jeff Anderson told the Joint Finance Appropriations Committee that amount will increase each year.

“Our distribution forecast for the current year is $82 million, and for fiscal year 2020, absent changes in law, $86 million."

Liquor sales profits are distributed to counties, cities and designated funds. The state’s general fund received approximately $31 million; counties and cities received $14.8 million and $22.3 million respectively.

State, county and city governments receive approximately 77 percent of liquor fund distributions. The remaining distributions contribute to funding court services, 6.1 percent; substance abuse treatment, 2.6 percent and public schools receive 1.5 percent. Community colleges, the court supervision fund and the cooperative welfare fund receive less than 1 percent.

St. Maries received $84,902 in liquor fund distributions; Harrison, $21,478; Plummer, $32,697 and Tensed, $4,803.

Benewah County received $93,192. Distribution to Benewah County cities and the county combined totaled $237,072. Worley received $113,359 in liquor fund distributions.

From 2009 through 2018, the liquor division contributed $610 million to the state. The division expects to distribute $950 million over the next 10 years.

Idaho ranked 44 of 50 for revenue from excise taxes from alcohol, tobacco and gambling according to a 2018 Pew Research Center report.

Beer, wine and liquor are taxed individually in Idaho. Liquor tax fluctuates, but averages about $10.90 per gallon. The tenth highest in the nation.

Beer is subject to a .15 cents per gallon tax and wine is taxed at .45 cents per gallon. Idaho is ranked 38 of 50 states for the highest beer tax and 36 of 50 for wine.

Idaho has one of the lowest tobacco tax rates in the country. The state ranked 45 for tobacco taxes, which contributed approximately $36 million in 2017.

Tobacco taxes are distributed by the state tax commission to cover the payment of authorized tax returns. Any remaining funds are distributed to the state’s general fund.

The state lottery nets millions of dollars annually in state revenue. The lotters contributes to public schools and the Permanent Building Fund.

For every dollar from lottery ticket sales .25 cents contributes to the dividend which is split evenly between the Permanent Building Fund and Idaho Public Schools. Unclaimed winnings are also distributed to the dividend fund after 180 days. The combined payout to the two funds between 1990 and 2018 is $846 million.

In 2017, Plummer-Worley received $19,197 from the lottery and St. Maries received $58,149. Funds were used for maintenance and to replace equipment.

In 2018, the state lottery beat its previous distribution record by distributing $33,437,500 to Idaho schools.

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