An open house at the Northridge High School cafeteria Wednesday was poorly attended, with fewer than 25 people in the audience and most of them staff members.

An open house at the Northridge High School cafeteria Wednesday was poorly attended, with fewer than 25 people in the audience and most of them staff members.

The topic was renewal of the school district's 1 percent income tax, which will be seen on the Nov. 2 ballot.

One resident who did attend said the community would likely support the levy this time, in contrast to last spring, because it is a renewal of a time-limited tax, rather than a permanent extension of it.

"It failed because they reworded it," said Allen Bevier. "People want the right to vote on it. It's been a five-year district and it needs to stay a five-year district."

Superintendent John Shepard said the district performs well academically and should be supported.

"We've met in this room several times, not always on pleasant terms," Shepard said.

Hudson said cuts in state funding are expected. Northridge receives more than $4.7-million from the state for 2011.

Board member Mark Dann said the levy would simply maintain current levels of staff and programs.

"Who knows what the state is going to do with their budget, but obviously it's going to have an impact on us," Dann said. "There are funding sources that are going away."