The York Suburban School District will host a community meeting in January to discuss the 2014-15 budget with the public.

The district does not have an official preliminary budget yet, said Corinne Mason, director of finance and support for York Suburban. Mason said she presented a general budget forecast for the upcoming year at the school board meeting last week.

At the meeting, Mason said she estimates the district will have a $1.8 million budget gap for next year, though she is still in the process of putting together the actual data.

That gap is a result of several increases beyond the district's control, Mason said, including pension contributions. The district will be looking for ways to balance the budget such as using the fund balance, transportation, alternative funding sources and managing personnel.

As a part of that, Mason said she will present some of the upcoming budget information to the public at a special community meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, in Room 160 of the high school.

Mason said she hopes to give the public a good idea of where the increases in the budget are coming from and how cuts to the budget will affect the district.

Mason said the school board will need to decide in January if the district will pass a resolution not to raise property taxes above the cap set by the state Department of Education, or if it will apply for exceptions in order to raise taxes to a higher rate.

The district's tax cap is 2.1 percent, which would allow York Suburban to raise its 21-mill tax rate to 21.44, the equivalent of a $44 tax hike on a home assessed at $100,000.

Mason said the board will discuss both options at the Jan. 13 planning meeting.

- Shannon Prusak contributed to this report. Reach Nikelle Snader at nsnader@yorkdispatch.com.