There will be no shortage of items on the Nov. 3 ballot for Westerville area residents.

There will be no shortage of items on the Nov. 3 ballot for Westerville area residents.

Within the city, residents will be able to vote in an uncontested race for city council. In that race, Councilman Mike Heyek, 55, who has held his seat since 1993; Mayor Anne Gonzales, 36, who has served on council since 2001; Vice Mayor Kathy Cocuzzi, 57, who has served on council since 2005; and Larry Jenkins, 37, the chairman of the city's planning commission, all are seeking four empty council seats.

Residents in the Westerville City School District will decide a contested race for school board and will be asked to vote on a replacement levy for the district.

The board race features incumbents Kevin Hoffman, 40, who has served on the board since 2001; Denise Pope, 49, who was appointed to the board in January; and Kristi Robbins, 49, who has been on the board since 2005; as well as newcomer Al Hammond, 47, who is making his first bid for public office.

The four candidates are running to fill three open seats.

Appearing on the ballot as Issue 48, the 11.4-mill replacement levy being sought by the school district would raise taxes by 7.97 mills.

If passed, it would replace two existing levies: a 1.6-mill levy passed in 1972 and a 9.8-mill levy passed in 1979, which are currently being collected at 3.43 mills. The 7.97-mill increase would cost property owners an additional $244 per each $100,000 of valuation.

According to district officials, the levy would raise $19.6-million for the district and would keep the budget balanced through the end of fiscal year 2012. Without the levy, the district said $14-million in cuts would have to be made to next year's budget.

In Blendon Township, residents will see four candidates seeking two seats on the township's board of trustees, as well as a request for a police operating levy.

In the trustees' race, incumbents Stew Flaherty, 61, who has served as a trustee for two-and-a-half years, and Alex Stallings, 30, who was appointed to the board in June, are trying to hold their seats against challenges from Huber Ridge Area Association president Jim Welch, 44, and resident Jan Heichel, 54.

The Blendon Township Police Department is seeking the renewal of a 2.5-mill operating levy. As the levy is currently being collected at only 2.16 mills, passage of the renewal request would cost property owners an additional $8 per year for every $100,000 of valuation.

Without the levy, which was last approved in a March 2004 vote that raised the value from 2 mills, the police department is facing see a $410,000 budget deficit next year.

Three Westerville businesses also have placed liquor options on the ballot.

City Barbeque, 600 S. State St., and Lucky House Chinese Restaurant, 56 E. Schrock Road, are seeking weekday liquor sales, as well as Sunday sales from 10 a.m. to midnight.

On behalf of Speedway, 360 S. State St., SuperAmerica Beverage is seeking weekday sales and Sunday sales from 1 p.m. to midnight.

In Genoa Township, Giammarco's Pizza and Pasta, 6030 Chandler Court, is on the ballot with two issues to seek weekday and Sunday sales of beer, wine, mixed beverages and liquor.

Also in Delaware County, residents are being asked to approve two one-year levies, a 0.4-mill levy to construct an emergency siren system and a 0.1-mill levy to maintain it.

Franklin County Children Services is asking voters to renew a 3.5-mill levy, with a decrease to 3.1 mills, for 10 years.

Statewide, voters will see three issues on the Nov. 3 ballot, all of which are proposed amendments to the Ohio Constitution.

Issue 1 would authorize the state to issue bonds to compensate veterans of the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts.

Issue 2 would establish the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board, which would implement standards for the care of livestock and poultry.

Issue 3 would allow casinos to be built in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo.

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