Although the full impact of Gov. John Kasich's biennial budget proposal remains unknown, Upper Arlington School District treasurer Andy Geistfeld said it will negatively impact the district's revenue stream.

Although the full impact of Gov. John Kasich's biennial budget proposal remains unknown, Upper Arlington School District treasurer Andy Geistfeld said it will negatively impact the district's revenue stream.

The proposal only contains total line item amounts for state education programs, he said, and details showing district by district amounts have yet to be released.

"Until we learn over the next several months how these changes will be implemented, it is hard to predict the true impact on Upper Arlington," Geistfeld said. "It is safe to say these changes will negatively impact the district's five-year forecast and will have a much greater impact on fund balances compared to what we thought six months ago."

In October 2010, the district forecast an 18.1 percent ($676,000) decrease in basic aid funding for fiscal year 2012. Geistfeld said this projection may be low, depending on how the overall cuts are allocated to each district.

He also said the district will be adversely affected by Kasich's plan to expedite the phase-out of tangible personal property tax reimbursement.

"This reimbursement currently exceeds $2-million for the district. Any increased phase-out of the reimbursement was not expected, and will negatively impact the district's revenue stream," Geistfeld said.

Superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Weaver said the district will need more information to accurately predict what impact the proposed budget will have on UA schools.

"What the governor has initially proposed leaves some room for interpretation and it looks like we will know more in the next several months," he said. "I will wait until the professional groups and the Ohio Department of Education run their budget simulations before venturing a guess as to how the UA schools will be impacted."

Geistfeld said the district plans to continue to evaluate the proposal as more information becomes available, but added, "It is safe to say the governor's proposed budget will do us no favors.

"As our state revenue streams decrease, the impact on future levies and program budgets becomes greater and greater," he said. "The district expected a decrease in state basic aid; however, we get more concerned each day, as additional details are released."