Income tax revenue for Grove City is 11 percent higher than it was at this point last year.

Income tax revenue for Grove City is 11 percent higher than it was at this point last year.

Grove City’s income tax revenue collected so far this year is about $1.4 million higher now than at the same time in 2010, and about $1.2 million higher now than at the same in 2008.

“2011 income tax collections continue to outpace prior years,” said city finance director Mike Turner.

To date this year, the city has collected $14.1 million in income tax revenue.

That amount is nearly 10 percent higher than the amount collected in the first nine months of 2008, about 13 percent higher than the first nine months of 2009 and 11 percent higher than the first nine months of 2010.

While he projected a slight increase from last year, Turner said, he didn’t anticipate this much of an improvement. The city had projected it would collect $17 million in income tax by the end of 2011, just below 2008 levels.

Turner said the city’s largest previous income-tax collection was in 2008.

The No. 1 factor that could affect revenue is the economy, Turner said. Grove City is fortunate through the years that planning has allowed the city to have different types of businesses here, including education, retail, transportation, warehousing, service and manufacturing, Turner said. “We don’t really rely on one type of industry,” he said.

About 70 percent of the city’s annual revenue is income tax, which goes to the city’s general fund. The largest expenditure of general fund is security of persons and property, which includes the city police department. Money from the general fund also is used for capital projects. “We’re constantly trying to control expenses,” Turner said.

Because the police department is the largest department, it has had the biggest increase. However, general fund expenses have gone up across the board, Turner said.