The Northridge Local School District Board of Education met Thursday to discuss its third attempt in three elections to pass a 1 percent income tax levy, now scheduled for the May ballot.

The Northridge Local School District Board of Education met Thursday to discuss its third attempt in three elections to pass a 1 percent income tax levy, now scheduled for the May ballot.

Parent Jayma Bammerlin, coordinator of the levy campaign last fall and this spring, said the levy committee had met once, and that voter registration efforts were being made throughout the district.

Board president Mark Dann said Thursday's meeting was to provide board feedback to the levy committee.

"One of the reasons I thought it would be a good idea to get together is so that the board could give the levy committee some feedback on any messaging, as well as the work of the budget committee, and how board members can participate and help in the levy." Dann said.

Bammerlin said the school booster organizations would be sponsoring voter registration the next three Saturdays.

"We've been registering to vote at the basketball games, and for the next three Saturdays we're going to meet at the Hot Spot from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.," Bammerlin said. "The Athletic Boosters and the Music Boosters are taking charge of this."

School board treasurer Jim Hudson said he was preparing a summary booklet that would give answers to the questions he most frequently receives about district finances.

"A lot of people want detailed information and a lot of people just want some information," Hudson said. "I've started to put together a booklet of what we spend it on and how and why we are doing the reductions."

Hudson said another difficulty is simply a generational one, where younger parents are inclined to support the levy and retirees are inclined to feel they have done enough supporting of levies.

"I've had a lot of conversation with people who said their kids went to Northridge but they don't think they're going to vote for it," Hudson said.

Bammerlin said the current trend is to shift more costs to the local level from the state and that would require more local support, not less.

"We're going to need tax support moving forward, no matter what," Bammerlin said. "We are losing money. We are cutting certain things, and we need the community to help, whether the levy passes or does not pass."

Bammerlin said her goal was to make every effort to ensure people had the opportunity to take a close look at district finances.

"I want this to be very positive," she said. "We're not going to go negative. It's on us to get informed. We don't have a way to get information out to everybody. It's our civic duty to get the right information."