Here is our handy clip and save sales tax chart for the 2009-10 fiscal year, with one month of bad news already in the books. The $14.5 million collected is the least for an October since 2004. We’ll update it every month, so everyone can watch the train wreck that will be next year’s budget process.

The basics: The sales tax accounts for abut 22 percent of the city general budget; another 43 percent comes from property tax receipts. The official figures are on the state comptroller Web site. The months listed on that site are, for accounting purposes, about two months ahead.)

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