The Central York school board will vote next week on whether to ask the state Department of Education for permission to raise taxes above its 2.6 percent tax cap.
The board also is expected to adopt a preliminary $80.1 million budget at its Monday, Jan. 13, meeting.
Exceptions to the tax cap are approved by the state Department of Education for costs a school district cannot control. Central York qualifies for exceptions to help cover the cost of rising special-education and pension payments.
If the district applies for and receives permission to use the exceptions, the board could potentially raise property taxes by 4.6 percent, or about $123 on a property valued at $150,000.
A tax hike of 2.6 percent would amount to $69 on a property assessed at $150,000.
For the school district, the difference between a 2.6 percent tax hike and a 4.6 percent tax increase would be an additional $1 million in revenue. That's on top of the estimated $1.4 million from the 2.6 percent hike, according to District Business Manager Brent Kessler.
Separate votes: At the planning meeting Monday, board member Greg Lewis asked that the vote to adopt the budget and apply for exceptions be separate. Lewis said it was done that way last year, and he wanted to follow that procedure again.
Kessler said he believed it can be handled separately. The budget needs to be officially adopted, according to state regulations, Kessler said, but the decision to apply for exceptions would still be up to the board.
In a December meeting, board President Michael Wagner said applying for the exceptions gives the board all available options for balancing the $3.9 million budget gap that exists in the 2014-2015 preliminary budget.
The school board would still need to vote to use those exceptions, even if the state Department of Education grants them.
The board will vote to apply for the exceptions at Monday's meeting, set for 7:15 p.m. at the Educational Service Center, 775 Marion Road in York.
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