The Northridge Local School District levy campaign is organizing an April 19 meeting in Croton that will include both levy supporters and levy opponents.

The Northridge Local School District levy campaign is organizing an April 19 meeting in Croton that will include both levy supporters and levy opponents.

During a March 24 strategy session at the school, levy campaign organizer Jayma Bammerlin said the panel will include a school board member, district treasurer Jim Hudson, a parent, a teacher and levy opponent Bill Jones of WALLET, a group of district residents who are opposed to the income tax levy.

Bammerlin announced the panel plans during a town hall meeting at the school March 21 and again during the organizing meeting March 24. The meeting will be hosted by the Tried and True seniors organization at the Croton Church of Christ.

"They are putting on 'Meet the Issue Night,' April 19," Bammerlin said. "I want to have both sides up there."

During Thursday's organizational meeting, Bammerlin reported on the supporters' efforts to put out additional large and small signs around the district and email, mail and door-to-door campaigns between now and the May 3 levy.

For the third time in a year, voters will face a decision about a 1-percent income tax that is projected to raise $1.7-million for the district.

The levy was put before voters twice in 2010, first as a permanent income tax levy in May and again as a five-year levy in November.

Bammerlin said recent activity at the Ohio Statehouse emphasized how financially responsible the district is.

"Our starting teacher salary is just over $28,000," Bammerlin said. "Not only that, but our teachers pay 30 percent of their benefits. That (teacher contribution to health benefits) is double what Senate Bill 5 would require and we have been doing that since 2002. We are not overinflated on our teachers' salaries."

Bammerlin said the average teacher's salary in the district is $36,000.

"You're not going to hear that is out of line anywhere," Bammerlin said.

Levy supporters have already put out more than 200 signs in the district and expect to put out several hundred more. From now until Election Day is when voters will begin to think about their vote, Bammerlin said.

"We're getting more interest and everyone is talking," Bammerlin said. "Six weeks out is when you really need the information to be getting out. We're just starting to ramp up. We want to peak on May 3, to get them to vote yes."