The Upper Arlington City Schools will not pursue an income tax when the district returns to the ballot next year.

The Upper Arlington City Schools will not pursue an income tax when the district returns to the ballot next year.

An income tax would not generate more money than a traditional property tax levy, the district's revenue review committee reported at the board of education's workshop session Monday night.

One of the main downsides to an income tax is it fluctuates with the economy, said Rich Simpson, an attorney and local resident who served on the revenue review committee.

"In good times, it goes up. In bad times, it goes down," Simpson said. "The real estate tax is more stable and provides a more predictable income stream for the community."

Incomes also fluctuate with lifestyle changes.

"You get a lot of people who move here and they have two incomes, they have children, and one of them stops working," said Matt Rappolt, an insurance agent and resident who also served on the revenue review committee.

The 25-member committee, which included a mix of residents and district administrators, investigated various funding options over the past six months.

The committee's main purpose was to make a recommendation to the district about what form the levy should take when it appears on the ballot next fall, said district treasurer Andy Geistfeld.

"The purpose of the committee was to look at what the current funding sources are, what the state was doing, because the state was making some changes, and to look at some other funding sources available to us," Geistfeld said.

Upper Arlington voters most recently passed a 6.2-mill school levy in November 2007. By gathering information from neighboring districts such as Bexley that have adopted an income tax, the committee found that an income tax will not stop the district from returning to the ballot every three years, Simpson said.

"As (Bexley treasurer) Chris Essman testified to, their income tax derives from a relatively small number of high-earning business people, and their incomes are very volatile," Simpson said.

Another upside to property-tax levies is that businesses and residents share in the cost, whereas only residents pay income taxes, Simpson said.

The committee also found that districts pursued income taxes only after traditional property-tax levies failed, which was the case with Bexley, said Upper Arlington superintendent Jeffrey Weaver.

"There seemed to be evidence that an income tax came to be an option when there was some precipitating events that led districts to consider an alternative," Weaver said.

Property-tax levies tend to be more stable than income taxes, Weaver said.

"Income is also portable, whereas the property tax you have in your district stays there," Weaver said.

In other business Monday night, district officials announced that an H1N1 vaccination clinic has been scheduled for Nov. 3 from 5-8 p.m. in the cafeterias of Upper Arlington High School, 1650 Ridgeview Road. Priority groups such as children and pregnant women will be given a choice between shots and nasal sprays, said Chris Potts, executive director of business services.

Residents should monitor the district's Web site ( for more information and updates, as the date may change, Potts said.