The recession continues to cause declines in the city of Upper Arlington's revenue.

The recession continues to cause declines in the city of Upper Arlington's revenue.

The city's general fund revenue dropped 3 percent in May compared with the same time last year. The decrease can be attributed to declines in the state's Local Government Fund as well as individual income tax filings, said finance director Cathe Armstrong.

"This trend is due to both smaller estimates being made by taxpayers this year as well as large refund requests for overpayment of 2008 estimated taxes," Armstrong stated in a staff report prepared for city council's June 16 conference session.

Income tax collections for May 2009 totaled $503,668, compared to $760,527, a 34 percent decrease, according to Armstrong's figures.

Despite the revenue declines, the city has not yet had to consider cutting services, Armstrong said.

"Departments are monitoring their budgets very carefully," she said. "The only department that's running in the red is city council."

With a budget of $122,900 allotted for this year, council has spent $53,122 to date -- $1,126 more than projected, according to Armstrong.

Council's budget has been depleted by advertising for openings on various boards and commissions, Armstrong said.

To contain costs in other city departments, administrators are keeping a close eye on overtime hours for city employees.

"The departments are really trying to watch and use that overtime only for emergency situations," Armstrong said.

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