DALLAS - Governments ranging from north-central Texas school districts to the state itself are reaping an economic bonanza from wells tapping what some say is the largest onshore natural gas field in the United States.

A new report from the Perryman Group, a Waco-based economic and financial analysis firm, said local governments in the 18 counties reporting production from the Barnett Shale formation collected $387.7 million in direct and indirect taxes in 2007, up from $227.7 million in 2006. The revenue figure does not include millions more in lease and royalty payments to governments for natural gas from public land, including parks, schools, and airports.

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