I have lived in Upper Arlington for 58 years. I keep hearing when school levies come up that we need to pass it because "it will protect our property values."

To the Editor:

I have lived in Upper Arlington for 58 years. I keep hearing when school levies come up that we need to pass it because "it will protect our property values."

I wondered why we need this levy. I am told that state funding of $2.3 million is going away. I looked at the almost $80 million budget and thought, that is only a few percent of the total. Then I found out the levy looks to raise $9.2 million a year. Why so much?

To answer these questions, I found a citizen-based website, educateua.org. At the website, I found out that the cost of an average school teacher to the taxpayers is over $100,000 and the administrators cost us over $130,000. Why so much?

I found out that the UA teachers get paid almost 40 percent higher compensation than other similar schools. I found out that 85 cents of every dollar we give to the schools goes for lavish compensation packages.

I found out that we, the taxpayers, already give the schools over $15,000 per student per year. Dublin uses only $13,000 per student and other schools with the same rating of "excellent with distinction" average under $11,000 per student.

This levy is not a renewal. It is a raise for the teachers when the contract comes up next year. I don't think our school employees need raises. I think they can find a way to better manage the $80 million they already get. I pay over $6,000 a year in school taxes. I don't want a $550 increase. Join me and vote no on Issue 51

Mark Erickson
Upper Arlington