Three tax issues are among local highlights of the Nov. 2 ballots.

Three tax issues are among local highlights of the Nov. 2 ballots.

Issues include:

A proposed income tax increase for the city of Powell. If passed, the city's income tax would change from its current 0.75 percent, with a credit as high as 0.50, to 1.5 percent with a credit as high as 1 percent. The credit is given to Powell residents who work in other cities and pay income tax there. Officials have said that 62 percent of the residents, those who work in municipalities other than Powell, would not see an income tax increase. City council also approved an ordinance slating the revenue to capital improvements for 10 years.

A countywide five-year 0.62-mill levy for additional funding of the countywide 911 communications systems. If passed, the issue would cost homeowners $18.99 per $100,000 of home value annually; an owner of a $300,000 home would pay $56.97 annually.

A proposed 0.5-mill police protection levy for Orange Township.

The three-year levy would raise about $500,000 annually and would cost a homeowner $15.30 a year for each $100,000 of appraised residential valuation.

The levy would provide a dedicated revenue source to pay for eight Delaware County sheriff's deputies who would work only in the township. The township had a similar levy that expired in 2008.

Candidates include:

For the Delaware County commissioner term commencing Jan. 1, 2011: Will Young, Democratic candidate vs. Dennis Stapleton, Republican candidate.

Stapleton, 60, is employed as a government relations director.

He owned an insurance and financial planning agency for 25 years and served as the state representative from the 88th District from 1996-2003.

He holds a bachelor's in broadcast journalism from the University of Dayton and attended Capital University Law School.

Stapleton and his wife, Katie, are residents of Genoa Township. They have two children and three grandchildren.

Young, 26, is employed as a canvasser for Working America and a volunteer for the Delaware County Democratic Party.

A graduate of the Ohio State University, Young holds a bachelor's in integrated studies in history, political science and education. He is a graduate of Olentangy High School.

Young is single and lives in Orange Township.

A race for county auditor, term commencing March 14, 2011: John "Jack" Hartman, Democratic candidate vs. George Kaitsa, Republican candidate.

Hartman, 64, is a professor of journalism at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Mich.

He holds several degrees from Bowling Green State University: a bachelor's in journalism; a master's in radio, TV and film; and a doctorate in interpersonal and public communication.

He and his wife Kay are residents of Liberty Township, having moved in 2008 from Bowling Green, where he served 20 years on the board of education. They have three grown children and six grand children.

Kaitsa, 66, has served as county auditor since his appointment to the position in February 2009.

Previous employment includes: finance director for Franklin County, chief financial officer for the Ohio Department of Development, and deputy director for the Ohio Department of Administrative Services. He also served on Powell City Council from 1996 through 2005.

He holds a master's of business administration from the Ohio State University and a bachelor's in economics from Kenyon College.

He and his wife Sharyl are Powell residents. He has two daughters, a stepson, and two granddaughters.

For the Ohio House 2nd District: Democratic Party candidate Richard Bird and Republican candidate Andrew Brenner. All of Delaware County forms the 2nd District.

Bird, 43, is employed as a technology manager.

His education includes a bachelor's from the Ohio State University with a major in political science and a minor in Japanese, and graduate studies in project management at George Washington University.

He and his wife, Valerie, live in Genoa Township and have four children.

Brenner, 39, is serving his second term as Delaware County recorder, an elected position.

His education includes a bachelor's in business administration from the Ohio State University, majoring in marketing and economics, and continuing education classes for an Ohio mortgage broker loan officer license and for the Ohio Recorder's Association.

He and his wife, Sara Marie, live in Powell.

Election results can be viewed online beginning at 9 p.m. election day at For more information, call the board of elections at (740) 833-2080.