Even standard ballot issues in Whitehall typically are enough to motivate residents to get out and vote.
But this year, voters are being asked not only to approve a school issue for the first time in 10 years, but to reconsider the city's laws on term limits.
In all, Whitehall has four local issues on the ballot, joining a bevy of county and statewide issues and offices.
Already voted? You've fulfilled your civic duty. If not, here's what you need to know when you step up to the box Tuesday, Nov. 6:
Cash for space, turf
Appearing as Issue 8 on the ballot, Whitehall City Schools' 3.41-mill combined permanent-improvement levy and bond issue would generate the revenue required to build an addition onto crowded Rosemore Middle School, as well as to convert the natural grass field at Whitehall-Yearling High School's football stadium to artificial turf.
The proposed issue would increase homeowners' annual property-tax bills by $119 per $100,000 in property valuation. A district homeowner currently pays $1,364 annually per $100,000 of property valuation, according to district officials.
If the levy passes, a presentation would be made to board members as soon as December for the construction of the artificial-turf field, which could begin in April.
The estimated cost to construct the new field has been estimated at $750,000 to $800,000.
The addition to Rosemore Middle School would be constructed with financial assistance from the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission.
Whitehall voters must approve the levy to receive the commission's help.
If the levy is approved, the commission would fund 61 percent of the cost to construct an expansion to Rosemore that would house an additional 200 students.
The combined levy is the first the district has sought since 2008, when voters approved a $23 million bond issue as part of an agreement with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission that resulted in a $78 million project to rebuild all five schools in the district.
Terms and conditions
Voters will decide next week whether to change the city charter to allow elected officials to serve as many as three consecutive terms in office.
Issue 37, if approved, would extend the current limit of two consecutive terms to three.
Term limits were instituted in 1993 for the mayor, auditor, law director, council president and members of council, gaining voter approval after the death of John Bishop, who died in office after serving as mayor from 1972-93.
Voters have been asked twice before to abolish term limits since voters put the two-term limit in place, but have never been asked to lengthen term limits.
Voters rejected lifting term limits in 2002 and 2013.
Whitehall City Council on July 10 voted 6-0 to place the issue on the ballot.
Voters also will consider two other charter-amendment issues.
Issues 36 and 38 each would make less-significant changes to the charter, which acts as the city's "constitution," defining the government's powers and responsibilities.
Issue 36 would remove the service director from the line of succession for mayor; Issue 38 would create gender-neutral language in the charter.
Currently, the service director would assume the mantle of mayor in the event the council president could not serve.
If approved, the amendment would replace the service director, who does not have a residency requirement, with a council member as the next in line after the council president to succeed the mayor.
Parks and more
So outside of Whitehall, what else is on the ballot? Plenty, it turns out.
In addition to numerous congressional and statewide races -- including the contentious battle between Mike DeWine and Richard Cordray to replace outgoing Gov. John Kasich -- Whitehall voters will join the rest of Franklin County in voting on Issue 3, a 10-year, 0.95-mill operating levy for Metro Parks.
The levy would increase homeowners' taxes by $12.82 annually per $100,000 in property valuation.
Metro Parks has said it will use the funds to open new parks, build trails and expand programming.
The parks system currently is building its 20th park, Quarry Trails, in west Columbus.
The statewide Issue 1 also would reduce penalties for those convicted of possessing or using illegal drugs.
Early bird skips the line
With so much to consider, voters would be advised to give themselves a few extra minutes at the ballot box Nov. 6 -- or, better yet, vote early. In-person early voting will remain open until 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, at the board of elections, 1700 Morse Road in Columbus.
For more in-depth information on Whitehall's local issues and other important levies and ballot questions around central Ohio, visit ThisWeekNews.com/elections.