As a senior citizen, I compared my medical insurance cost to what Upper Arlington school district employees are paying.

To the Editor:

As a senior citizen, I compared my medical insurance cost to what Upper Arlington school district employees are paying.

My wife and I have $2,400 of Medicare fees deducted from our Social Security checks each year. To cover our co-pays, I had to purchase a supplemental insurance policy costing $3,600 per year. This does not include my prescription drugs.

An Upper Arlington school district employee pays only around for $2,400 for a $19,800 policy, has no co-pays and relies upon the taxpayers to pick up the remaining cost.

By voting "yes" on Issue 51, I am forced to increase my property taxes and to continue to provide a better medical package for Upper Arlington school district employees than I can provide for my family.

Let's encourage our school administrators to be more reasonable with proposed additional levies. Vote "no" on Issue 51.

Jim Gabel
Upper Arlington