York Suburban faces a deficit of nearly $1 million in its 2013-14 budget, if it raises taxes to the state-imposed property tax cap of 1.7 percent.

Dennis Younkin, director of finance and support services, presented an overview of the budget Monday night.

Proposed expenses check in at just over $49 million. That's an increase of $2.1 million, or 4.7 percent, over this year.

The state sets a tax cap for each school district in the state, based on inflation and other factors.

To exceed the cap, a district must apply for special permission from the state, based on uncontrollable costs, or get voter approval.

The school board members indicated they don't intend to go above the 1.7 percent cap, but have yet to take an official vote not to raise taxes above that amount. That vote will be on the agenda for a February board meeting.

Younkin will discuss the budget in more detail at a public budget presentation set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, in Room 160 of the high school.

A 1.7 percent tax hike would increase the property tax to 21.06, about a $52 increase for the owner of a home assessed at $150,000 homeowner.

District officials said they will also be looking for cost reductions to minimize any tax increase needed.