A proposal to restructure how the city collects income taxes is the hot issue on the Nov. 4 ballot for Westerville residents.

A proposal to restructure how the city collects income taxes is the hot issue on the Nov. 4 ballot for Westerville residents.

Residents in Franklin County will also decide several local liquor options, three Ohio House races and several county races.

Westerville residents who live in Delaware County will choose two county commissioners, a county recorder and a 2nd district Ohio House representative.

If Issue 54 is approved by voters, residents who live and work in Westerville would see their income tax rate jump from 1.25 percent to 2 percent. Residents who work in another community would see their 2.3-percent rate drop to 2 percent.

Residents who are retired or on a fixed income would continue to pay no city income tax, because the tax is based only on earned income.

People who work in Westerville but live elsewhere currently pay 1.25 percent to Westerville, with the balance of municipal taxes due going to their home cities. If Issue 54 is approved, they would pay 2 percent directly to Westerville.

In concrete figures, a Westerville resident who works in a 2-percent income tax community such as Columbus would save $3 per $1,000 in earned annual income, while a resident who works in Westerville would pay an additional $7.50 per $1,000 in earned income.

According to information from the city, the change in tax collections would capture about $8-million in annual revenue from nonresidents that is lost to other municipalities.

Four Westerville-area locations are seeking voter approval to apply for various liquor licenses:

Vino Meza LLC, 48 N. State St., (Precinct 1-A) applying for C-2, D-6 and D-8 permits.

Sunbury Road Duchess, 900 S. Sunbury Road (Precinct 3-E), applying for Sunday sales (1 p.m. to midnight) of wine and low-proof mixed beverages.

Kroger, 7345 state Route 3 (Genoa Township Precinct D), seeking approval for "liquor agency store" status.

Uncle Fang Chinese Restaurant 1176 County Line Road (Genoa Township Precinct C), seeking approval to apply for D-1, D-2 and D-6 permits.

In the 12th Congressional district race, incumbent Republican Pat Tiberi is attempting to fend off challenges from Democrat David Robinson and Libertarian Steven Linnabary.

In the 20th Ohio House district, Republican incumbent Jim McGregor faces Democrat Nancy Garland. Garland is chief executive officer of the Ohio Physical Therapy Association and is a clinical assistant professor at the Ohio State University. McGregor, who was mayor of Gahanna for 18 years, previously worked for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and was chief of the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Democrat Marian L. Harris and Republican Brad Lewis are seeking election to the 19th Ohio House district seat now held by Rep. Larry Flowers. Term limits prevented Flowers from seeking re-election.

In the 21st Ohio House district, incumbent Kevin Bacon is challenged by Democrat Jay Perez and Libertarian Jeremiah Arn. Bacon is a former Blendon Township trustee who works as a part-time attorney with Farmer's Insurance. Perez has a law practice in Worthington, and is a former NYPD undercover narcotics officer.

Two Franklin County commissioner terms are on the Nov. 4 ballot. One pits incumbent Democrat Paula Brooks against Republican Angel Rhodes. The second is a contest between Republican Jeffery J. Miller, a former Canal Winchester mayor, and Democrat John O'Grady, the current county clerk of courts. The winner will fill the seat vacated by Mary Jo Kilroy, who is seeking election to the 15th district Congressional seat now held by Deborah Pryce.

In the race for Clerk of Court of Common Pleas, first-time Republican candidate Clarence Mingo will face against Democrat Maryellen O'Shaughnessy. Mingo has practiced family law for nine years and was a commissioner for the Ohio Supreme Court. O'Shaughnessy is a member of Columbus City Council, a lobbyist for the AFL-CIO and runs a funeral home.

In Delaware County, for the commissioner's term beginning Jan. 2, Democrat Neil Neidhardt will take on Republican Tommy Thompson. Neidhardt, a graduate admissions advisor for the Keller Graduate School, is seeking elected office for the first time. Thompson was elected to Delaware City Council in November 1999 and was selected as mayor.

Republican Ken O'Brien and Democrat Roger Van Sickle are seeking election to the commissioner's term that starts Jan. 3. O'Brien is a special-needs teacher and a former Berlin Township trustee. Van Sickle is a 22-year Delaware Township trustee and has served as chair of the Delaware County Regional Planning Commission.

In the race for Delaware County recorder, incumbent Republican Andrew Brenner is challenged by Democrat Julie Houston. Brenner has served as county recorder since January 2005. Houston formerly owned a small business in downtown Delaware and is seeking office for the first time.

Democrat Janice Lanier Republican Kris Jordan are seeking election to the the Ohio House of Representatives 2nd district seat. Lanier is a health-care attorney, and this is her first run at public office. Jordan is a Delaware County commissioner who has worked as a legislative aide to state Rep. Jon Peterson.

Also on the Delaware County ballot is a 0.6-mill Preservation Parks levy that would replace the existing 0.4-mill levy that expires in December. The Delaware County auditor estimated the proposed levy will raise $3.7-million a year; the expiring levy raises $1.5-million a year. Taxpayers currently pay $7.36 per year for each $100,000 of residential property value. If approved, the proposed levy would change that figure to $18,38 per $100,000 of property value annually.

A 0.7-mill, three-year replacement road and bridge levy will be on Genoa Township ballots.