While I am in support of Issue 59 for the future of Westerville students and residents, I am not in favor of our tax dollars being used to continue funding for the College Credit Plus program in the Westerville City School District.

To the Editor:

While I am in support of Issue 59 for the future of Westerville students and residents, I am not in favor of our tax dollars being used to continue funding for the College Credit Plus program in the Westerville City School District.

The taxpayer responsibility for students is from K-12, and should not extend beyond. As a parent and taxpayer in the city of Westerville, I paid my daughter's college tuition and did not expect nor ask other hard-working taxpayers to pay for my child's college education. The responsibility for getting a college education falls on the parents and individuals going to college.

There are many available funding sources to make that happen. If a family cannot afford to send a child to college, there are funding sources available to help them. I served in the U.S. Army and earned funding for a college education by my service. That option is also open to any student who wishes to attend college.

And of course, an individual can also work and attend college. Millions of Americans do it each and every day. It isn't easy, but it can and is done all the time. The money used by the Westerville schools could be better put to use to help all students in the K-12 programs and to help ensure that taxes are not raised in the future.

I encourage all students to attend college. What I don't support is asking taxpayers to fund their college credits outside of the normal student loans and other assistance programs available for any student to attend college.

Stephen Finney

Westerville