No one likes to pay taxes. But when those taxes support our families and our community, we're investing in our roots. My husband and I chose Worthington to plant those roots and to ensure an excellent education for our two children.

To the Editor:

No one likes to pay taxes. But when those taxes support our families and our community, we're investing in our roots. My husband and I chose Worthington to plant those roots and to ensure an excellent education for our two children.

I volunteer and substitute teach in Worthington schools. I've attended community meetings, including school board and City Council meetings. I've witnessed the energy and effort our community leaders put into making the best decisions possible for Worthington.

Funding for Ohio schools has been unconstitutional for over a decade, and it must be remedied. But locally, we can wisely choose to protect our schools and thereby protect our community and property values.

The two ballot issues, 53 and 54, together present a lean, taxpayer-friendly levy option. Every dollar will stay in the district to fund day-to-day operations and maintain the best learning environment for our students. None of the funds will go to Washington or the Statehouse. This incremental levy, Issue 53, will be phased in over three years to provide only the funds necessary to maintain current education and programs.

Worthington schools have worked hard to absorb massive cuts in state funding by cutting $3 million from the operating budget. Teachers and staff have agreed to a wage freeze and more out-of-pocket costs for their health care. We have one of the lowest residential millage rates of surrounding districts in central Ohio, translating into lower property taxes.

We choose to invest in our family and our community -- our roots. So we'll choose to vote yes on Issues 53 and 54.

Jennifer Squires
Worthington