Given the numerous benefits of a community college, with or without taxpayer financing, the question I ask is, can Erie County afford not to become the 15th community college in Pennsylvania?
The wisdom of the world teaches that the cost of ignorance far outweighs the cost of knowledge. When one checks all the facts and analyzes the pros and the cons, the pros far outweigh the cons. Beyond the facts outlined by Rethink Erie, there is another issue worth considering: education versus incarceration.
It has been calculated that the minimal annual cost for the incarceration of one person in Erie County Prison is about $25,000 to $30,000. Compare this cost to that of one year of matriculation at a community college, estimated to be $2,500 to $3,000. Which institution would you prefer your tax dollars supporting?
Are we so used to spending millions of dollars to finance jails that we can’t see ourselves spending our tax dollars to educate people at a much lower cost in the long run?
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