A school levy, two liquor options and a Congressional race top the list of local items on the Nov. 4 ballot for Canal Winchester-area voters.

A school levy, two liquor options and a Congressional race top the list of local items on the Nov. 4 ballot for Canal Winchester-area voters.

The Canal Winchester school district will make its fourth attempt in two years to add new property tax revenue to its budget.

According to figures provided by district treasurer Joyce Boyer, the 8.9-mill levy on the Nov. 4 ballot would cost residents an extra $272.57 per $100,000 of real estate valuation. Residents currently pay $963 a year in school taxes. If passed, the levy would raise approximately $3.7-million annually, with the first collection starting in fiscal year 2009.

Voters in the area also will choose someone to replace nine-term Congresman Dave Hobson (R-Springfield) in the U. S. House of Representatives.

Republican Steven Austria, 49, is a Republican who's served on the Ohio Senate representing Clark, Greene and Madison counties for the past eight years. He was twice elected to serve as Senate Majority Whip. He earned a bachelor's degree from Marquette University.

Democrat Sharen Neuhardt, 53, works as a business lawyer for Thompson Hine LLP in Columbus and Dayton. She received her bachelor's degree in political science from Northwestern University and her law degree from Georgetown University. She and her husband own the 950-acre historic Whitehall Farm in Greene County.

Two local liquor options allowing for the sale of "spirituous liquor" by Kroger Co. will require voter approval on Nov. 4.

The Ohio Division of Liquor Control defines "spirituous liquor" as "any intoxicating liquor containing more than 21 percent of alcohol by volume."

The two issues work in tandem; one issue asks for voter permission to sell liquor and the other seeks permission to sell liquor on Sundays from 10 a.m. to midnight.

Fairfield County residents living in Violet Township will find up to three levies to support community services on their ballots. If approved by voters, the combined levies are expected to cost homeowners a total of an additional $10 a year for each $100,000 of their home's market value.

Fairfield County commissioners are asking residents to consider a five-year, 0.5-mill replacement levy to, among other things, continue to provide meals to senior citizens.

If approved, the senior services levy would apply to all Fairfield County homeowners. It would replace a 0.5-mill levy that went into effect in 2004 and will last be collected in 2009.

In 2007, state reduction factors caused the levy to be collected at an effective rate of about 0.42 mills. As a result, Fairfield County residents paid $12.94 for each $100,000 of their home's market value, or $50 for each $100,000 in value assessed by the county for tax purposes.

In Fairfield County, property is assessed at about 35 percent of market value.

If the replacement levy is approved, residents will pay $15.32 for each $100,000 in market value, an increase of about $2.98.

The levy is expected to raise about $1.5-million a year, an increase of about $240,000 over 2007, if approved by voters.

The money will be used to support three programs operated by Meals on Wheels-Older Adult Alternatives of Fairfield County Inc., including nutrition services for older adults, in-home services and repairs and a grant application review program conducted for the Fairfield County commissioners.

Two Franklin County commissioner seats will be filled Nov. 4.

Former Canal Winchester mayor Jeffery J. Miller, a Republican, and Democrat John O'Grady, Franklin County's current clerk of common pleas court are seeking election to a term that will start Jan. 3, 2009.

Republican Angel Rhodes, director of the graduate program in school counseling for the University of Dayton at Capital University, and incumbent Paula Brooks, a Democrat, are seeking election to a term that starts Jan. 2, 2009.

Reynoldsburg resident Stephanie McCloud, a Republican, is running for the Franklin County treasurer's seat against incumbent Edward Leonard, a Democrat.

Leonard said he has worked hard to improve customer service and office efficiency by implementing a new, user-friendly tax bill and new, more efficient payment process. He said he will maintain the office's foreclosure-prevention efforts to help homeowners stay in their homes.

McCloud, an assistant vice president and corporate counsel for Sedgwick CMS, a national claims management services company, said she wants to streamline the office into a more efficient operation and believes there is an opportunity for better oversight of tax-dollar investments.

Democrat Jan M. Gorniak and Republican Elaine Lewis are seeking election as Franklin County coroner, both citing experience as reasons for their candidacies. Lewis is married to current coroner Bradley Lewis, who is seeking election to the Ohio House. She said her 17 years experience as an internist and running her private medical practice have made her best choice to be coroner.

Gorniak, a forensic pathologist, said she worked for Brad Lewis until she announced her intent to run for the office and was dismissed. She said she believes that a county the size of Franklin should have a full-time coroner who is an experienced pathologist. She intends to combine her previous forensic-pathologist position with that of coroner, which she said would save taxpayers $100,000.

ThisWeek staff writers Miriam Segaloff and David S. Owen contributed to this story.