Westerville voters on Tuesday, Nov. 5, will decide the fate of two tax issues, one for the city and one for the Westerville City School District, in addition to choosing members of Westerville City Council and the Westerville school board. They also will weigh in on a few liquor options and one Franklin County issue.
Police, court facility
The city of Westerville is seeking passage of Issue 29, a proposed 20-year, 0.96-mill bond issue that would cost $33.60 annually per $100,000 of property valuation starting in 2021.
In response to space needs and safety concerns associated with the operation of the Westerville Division of Police and Mayor's Court, the city has proposed a plan to consolidate multiple facilities in an existing office building at 229 Huber Village Blvd., funding renovation work through Issue 29.
The intention is that the new facility would combine all of the bureaus of the Westerville Division of Police including Mayor's Court, Investigations and emergency communications (911), currently located at 21, 28 and 29 S. State St., respectively, in Uptown Westerville.
Estimated costs for the project are about $15 million, according to the city's website, westerville.org.
School district issue
Westerville Schools is seeking approval of Issue 8, a 1.95-mill bond and 5.9-mill operating levy that, if approved, would cost homeowners an additional $274.75 annually per $100,000 in property valuation.
The bond-issue portion of the package would provide funding for a new middle school, a new elementary school, safety and security updates districtwide, renovations and additions at Annehurst and Whittier elementary schools and renovations at Hawthorne Elementary School, and address facilities-assessment needs at Hanby, Emerson and Longfellow elementary schools.
The operating levy would fund items for the general operations of the district.
The operating levy would generate about $15.6 million annually for the general fund while the bond would generate $103 million for the building projects.
The Westerville City Schools Board of Education has two candidates running for two available seats.
Vaughn E. Bell, 51, a Harvest Wind Drive resident, is running to retain the seat he was appointed to in November 2018.
Jennifer Aultman, 44, of East Broadway Avenue is poised to fill the seat of board member Gerrie Cotter, who isn't seeking reelection this fall.
The petition of challenger Vashitta Johnson was short one valid signature for certification.
Five candidates are in the running for three seats on Westerville City Council.
Mayor Craig Treneff is the only incumbent for the race, with challengers Diane Conley, Doug Rankin, Aileen Wagner and Kenneth Wright filling out the field.
Conley, 66, of Westgreen Lane retired as chief academic officer for the Westerville City School District.
Rankin, a 75-year-old Woodview Road resident, is a former intelligence official.
Treneff, 67, is an Executive Court resident and attorney who has served on city council since 2004.
Wagner, 42, of Tree Bend Drive is the owner and editor of Walnut Creative.
Wright, 53, a Weatherwood Court resident, is the director of research and planning for IMPACT Community Action.
In precinct Westerville 1-A, voters will see Issue 30A and 30B. The first issue would allow weekday sales of beer, wine and mixed beverages and spirituous liquor at Cardinal Pizza, 10 E. Main St., Westerville. The second would allow Sunday sales of the same.
In precinct Westerville 3-A, Issues 31A and 31B would provide weekday sales and Sunday sales, respectively, of beer, wine and mixed beverages and spirituous liquor at Rapid Fire Pizza, 782 S State St. (& Patio), Westerville.
Franklin County levy
Local voters also will consider a countywide levy: a 3.1-mill, 10-year renewal levy for Franklin County Children Services that has been designated as Issue 10.
The 3.1-mill renewal levy is expected to generate more than $85.6 million annually, according to The Columbus Dispatch. The levy will cost property owners about $84.50 per $100,000 in valuation; it's collecting at an effective rate of 2.76 mills, according to the county auditor's office.
Early in-person voting and absentee voting began Oct. 8.
Voters can visit ThisWeekNEWS.com/Elections for candidates and issues coverage and go to ThisWeekNEWS. com for Election Night Live results and recaps Tuesday night, Nov. 5.
ThisWeek staff writer Marla K. Kuhlman contributed to this story.