The committee members supporting the Norwalk City Schools' operating levy have been meeting with community groups and sending out informational postcards.
"We're in the process of a door-to-door campaign," Superintendent Dennis Doughty said.
The district will ask voters in November to approve an additional tax for daily operating purposes. Known as an emergency operating levy, it would generate $1.85 million annually for the school system for five years.
Doughty was asked how residents have responded during the door-to-door encounters.
"It's mixed. Some people don't understand why we need a levy," he said.
The board, in July, voted unanimously and without discussion to approve the levy resolution.
This is the second time in eight months the district has put a new tax on the ballot.
The last time the district passed a levy was the half-percent income tax in 1991.
"The last time (before March) we came to the voters was 1994," Doughty said.
The superintendent stressed that the school board has been "very fiscally responsible."
"The board has not been asleep. The board has been very fiscally responsible not to have to come back to voters in more than 20 years," Doughty said.
The annual state average of per-pupil spending is $10,564. In Norwalk, the average for 2011-2012 was $8,200.
"Very few schools I've seen are lower (than that)," Doughty said. "That's 22 percent lower than the state average."
He said he believes that spending $8,200 per student each year is lowest in the Huron County area -- and likely one of the lowest averages in Ohio.
During the March election, almost 60 percent of the people at the polls (or 1,901 voters) turned down a 6-mills additional levy. The new tax would have generated $2 million to cover daily operations of the district.
Based on the last election, Doughty said it's apparent the district didn't do a good enough job getting the word out on its financial needs. He said Norwalk is facing what all districts in the state are facing -- more and more reductions in funding.
Since 2008, Norwalk's revenue loss has been more than $2 million per year.
"The solution for coping with the shortfall has required cutbacks and a need for some additional funding. Funding shortfalls are due to reduced state foundation payments, smaller local property and income tax collections along with increased costs to operate the school system," according to levy literature provided by the district.
With stimulus money no longer available and more state cuts, Doughty said the school is left with tough choices.
"What do we cut now? We've cut 27 positions in the last three years," he said.
Doughty said the only option left is to cut existing programs.
"And that hurts," the superintendent added.