California tax revenue slowed in February but is still far outpacing expectations, according to a report released Friday.
The report, released by Gov. Jerry Brown's Department of Finance, showed income tax revenue falling 20% below projections in February. Sales tax revenue fell slightly behind the month's goal.
The shortfalls chip away at the state's multi-billion-dollar surplus.
At the end of January, the state had collected $5.1 billion more tax revenue than expected. Now the excess revenue is pegged at nearly $4.8 billion.
Administration officials attribute the drop to an issue of timing. They say Californians likely paid their taxes earlier in the fiscal year, leading to a big revenue spike in January and the potential of smaller totals in the coming months.