LOS ANGELES — California's fiscal picture held steady with July revenues falling short of expectations by only $12.3 million, or 0.2 percent, according to State Controller Betty T. Yee's monthly cash report published Monday.
The controller's office reports monthly on California's cash balance, receipts, and disbursements.
Personal income tax, which surged throughout the previous fiscal year, continued to beat expectations. The state collected $4.5 billion in July, 2.8% more than expected in the budget for the fiscal year that started July 1. However, this windfall was offset by shortfalls in the state's other two main sources of revenue - sales and use tax and corporation tax.
Sales and use tax totaling $858.7 million fell short of projections by $113.8 million, or 11.7 percent. Corporation tax revenues came in $1 million, or 0.3 percent, lower than expected.
Revenues continued to outpace the 2014-15 fiscal year. The July revenue total of $5.7 billion was 6% higher than a year ago, led by a 9.6% boost in personal income tax. This year-over-year increase was more than enough to offset a 6.6% drop in the sales and use tax and a 9.1 percent decrease in corporation tax, compared to the figures from a year ago.
The state ended the month of July with unused borrowable resources of $26.1 billion, which is 11.1% more than anticipated when the budget was signed. The General Fund, the source of most state spending, may borrow from other funds to even out variability in revenue and disbursement patterns.
For many years, the Controller has pursued external borrowing when cash available from these special funds is projected to fall short of General Fund obligations. The Controller may ask the Treasurer to sell short-term revenue anticipation notes, but this year, because of the state's improved fiscal position, the Controller does not anticipate having to issue RANs.