I am writing in support of Issue 22, the levy on the May 4 ballot to increase the Worthington income tax rate from 2.0% to 2.5%.

I am writing in support of Issue 22, the levy on the May 4 ballot to increase the Worthington income tax rate from 2.0% to 2.5%.

I was raised in Worthington and went through the Worthington schools. When I got married and bought a house, Worthington was the first place we looked. Eleven years and two children later, my family is proud to live in Worthington. We take full advantage of the rec center and its many programs, the parks, the events in Old Worthington the list goes on and on.

I work in downtown Columbus and already pay income tax of 2.5%, which is credited in Worthington. My husband is a realtor in Worthington, so his income tax will increase .5%.

I recently recruited one of my co-workers and his wife to move to Worthington. One of my selling points was our outstanding city services. The high level of services is a real point of differentiation within the Greater Columbus area. Worthington cannot afford to lose this edge. It gives potential residents and business owners another reason to choose Worthington. I'm happy to say that my co-worker now loves living in Worthington, too.

On May 4, my husband and I will vote yes on Issue 22. For us, it is a vote to maintain the quality of life in Worthington for us and for our children

Shortly after Matt Greeson became our new city manager, I had an opportunity to listen to him speak. Afterwards I introduced myself and asked him a simple question: Who is the city's chief innovation officer? We all knowthat answer.

Subsequent to that, I sent a number of e-mails providing economic development ideas, a number of which were outside of the box.

Later in 2008, I shared those with a council member.

I've been a business owner for 30 years and a consultant to the U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as well as to the Ohio Bureau of Employment Services (now the Office of Job and Family Services). I increasingly provided dire warnings about failing to be proactive.

It was my job to understand the economy and I did not like what I saw. Turns out I was probably a tad optimistic.

We have a G6 unemployment rate in the range of 18-percent, meaning far fewer peopleare contributing to taxes of any kind.

Two years ago, Worthington had choices. Inaction on the part of the administration has let those opportunities go to waste. 752 High Street is just now being reconstructed after years of neglect. I was told the Starbucks property would be promptly occupied and that is justnow occurring. We have lost Maple Lee and other downtown companies. One company in Worthington is opposing having a downtown full-service grocery.

Worthington Square Mall still lags on its redevelopment.

Where is the visionary leadership in this town? I oppose the increase to the income tax, yet I must vote for it because I understand that if we don't pass this, things will get worse. I moved here in 1984, and this is not the same Worthington. I lament that.

With acknowledged reservations, I encourage people to vote for this tax levy Issue 22.