Upper Arlington News

Income-tax hike is lone city issue on Nov. 4 ballot


Upper Arlington voters will have only one strictly local issue on the Nov. 4 ballot this year -- and that's just what city officials want.

The city is seeking approval of a proposal to increase Upper Arlington's income tax from 2 percent to 2.5 percent.

Officials said the increase is so important to the city and its infrastructure needs that they reversed course in July and rescinded a controversial rezoning of a portion of the Upper Arlington Municipal Services Center property to avoid having share the ballot with an impending rezoning referendum.

To that end, city officials got their wish.

The Franklin County Board of Elections recently certified ballot language for the income-tax levy, which stipulates that all new revenue generated by the additional tax -- estimated to be about $3.5 million annually -- will be "dedicated for capital improvements, maintenance and street repairs and other physical property."

While no other local candidate races or issues will be at stake Nov. 4, Upper Arlington voters will have opportunities to weigh in on a proposed Franklin County tax levy to provide funding for services for abused and neglected children and their families, as well as some statewide and Ohio legislative district contests.

Another race of possible local interest will be for the Franklin County Auditor's Office, when current Auditor Clarence Mingo, a Republican, will be challenged by Democrat Mike Schadek.

Schadek has served as an Upper Arlington City Council member since 2011.