Gahanna is superb city that needs Issue 17 to pass

To the Editor:

I may be in a unique position to evaluate the city of Gahanna's use of our tax dollars because I've lived in nine Ohio counties and 13 different communities around the state. Those 13 communities range from rural townships to big cities to suburbs. At each location, I followed activities of the local government and tried to vote in every election.

I sometimes compare them as places to live, and Gahanna tops the list.

There are many reasons I call Gahanna home. First, it is a well-run city, with an administration and council that are responsive to the needs of the residents. Second, the Gahanna Division of Police is a superb organization that responds quickly when needed. Third, the city's parks and recreation department has something for everyone, from sports leagues and playgrounds for kids to trails for hikers and bikers to a senior center for older folks like me.

All residents would suffer if the current lack of city income forced cuts in any of those operations. Other cities have been in this situation and suffered a gradual decline because of diminishing revenue, and I'm afraid that Gahanna is teetering on the edge of such a situation. I hope and pray that doesn't happen here, and that is why I will vote yes on Issue 17.

I urge all Gahanna seniors to join me.

Lee Bailey