The way Lee Nathans looks at it, he can't afford not to get involved with Issue 24, the Nov. 8 ballot issue to increase Bexley's municipal income tax from 2 to 2.5 percent.

The way Lee Nathans looks at it, he can’t afford not to get involved with Issue 24, the Nov. 8 ballot issue to increase Bexley’s municipal income tax from 2 to 2.5 percent.

“This issue is critical to keeping city services intact in Bexley,” said Nathans, who has volunteered to chair Citizens for Bexley Issue 24. “My wife and I don’t have any kids in school but we love Bexley and we continue to live in Bexley because of the high level of city services.”

Nathans, who chairs the Bexley Police Citizens Advisory Committee, said if Issue 24 is defeated, city leaders would have no choice but to cut city services, including the police budget.

“We have done everything we can to support and improve the Bexley Police Department,” Nathans said. “If the issue fails, the city may be placed in the position of eliminating police officers, which would be extremely detrimental.”

Nathans said the message he and fellow committee members hope to spread is a simple one — what’s at stake for Bexley residents.

“If the issue fails, we are concerned about the city’s ability to sustain the excellent city services we have,” he said. “The strategy is to make every citizen in Bexley aware of the importance of passing this issue so that no one will be able to say, if their response time is diminished, or their streets aren’t plowed, that they didn’t know what the consequences would be.”

Among the 20 supporters who turned out for the committee’s organizational meeting was former Bexley Mayor David Madison, who urged committee members to pull no punches.

“Tell them the truth,” Madison said. “Tell them exactly what is at stake. Other cities do it all the time and it works.”

In its initial meeting, the committee decided to spread the message through social media such as Facebook and to take the campaign citywide, by enlisting supporters in south, central and North Bexley.