The last sentence of ThisWeek Worthington News' Oct. 11 story about Educate Worthington suggests that voters get "verification" of facts before making a decision on the levy.

To the Editor:

The last sentence of ThisWeek Worthington News' Oct. 11 story about Educate Worthington suggests that voters get "verification" of facts before making a decision on the levy.

I agree completely, and I've done just that. I can say with absolute certainty that in order to protect our schools and community, we must vote for Issues 53 and 54. The facts are very clear as to why this levy is needed. The state has slashed $10 million in funding to our schools in two years. Our tax base changed dramatically when state officials eliminated the local tangible-personal-property-tax reimbursement. Worthington City Schools responded by making $3 million in cuts and eliminating 40 staff positions. All staff members agreed to a wage freeze and to paying more for health care. Worthington City Schools have been rated excellent or better every year since 2007-08.

These verifiable facts indicate that our school district has placed a priority on conservative fiscal management while maintaining educational excellence.

We've seen what happens in other central Ohio communities when levies fail. Is that what we want for Worthington?

Consider the facts and vote yes on Issues 53 and 54 to keep our schools and our community strong.

Kelly Needleman
Columbus