I'm writing to express my support for Issue 50, the combined bond and levy issue for our schools, which will be on the ballot Nov. 6.

To the Editor:

I'm writing to express my support for Issue 50, the combined bond and levy issue for our schools, which will be on the ballot Nov. 6.

While there is a lot of excitement surrounding our new superintendent, April Domine, and the innovative changes she is bringing to our schools, I've also heard some people comment on school spending, and how much we spend per student in New Albany.

While our annual cost per student is higher than some central Ohio districts like Whitehall and Groveport, it's lower than Upper Arlington, Bexley, Dublin and Grandview Heights.

Also, keep in mind a large portion of our property taxes go to other services, such as the library, police and firefighters. Slightly more than 60 percent of our property taxes go to the schools.

In addition, some residents don't realize that community members in the Win-Win areas pay the same New Albany school millage rates as New Albany residents -- they just pay for Columbus services like police and fire.

Think of the value that we get from excellent schools and how much many of our friends pay for private schools.

Good schools bring pride to a community. Conversely, failure to support our schools could result in a loss of property value that would far exceed the cost of Issue 50. Based on current overcrowding and continued growth, we would definitely need to add more trailers a nd increase class sizes.

Please vote "yes" on Issue 50, for yourself, our kids and the future of our community.

Ruth Bank
New Albany