The York Suburban school board decided at its meeting Monday night to take a step toward applying for exceptions to the district's tax cap for the 2014-15 budget.

The district has a tax cap of 2.1 percent. A preliminary budget presented to the school board at Monday's meeting includes a 3.24 percent tax increase.

A 2.1 percent increase in York Suburban's 21-mill tax rate would mean a tax hike of $66 for the owner of a $150,000 home. At 3.24 percent, the tax hike would increase to about $102.

The state sets a tax cap for each district based on inflation and other factors. But it will waive that cap for expenses beyond a district's control.

The district is eligible for $490,666 in retirement exceptions, according to information provided to the school board by Corrine Mason, director of finance and support services.

Mason said the decision Monday gives the district the go-ahead to start the application process, but the final vote on applying for the exceptions will not happen until the Monday, Feb. 10, meeting.

Board members said they have made no decision to raise taxes. They are simply trying to keep their options open.

The district faces a budget gap of $1.2 million, according to Mason. The district administration will be looking at options for reducing that gap and may have some proposals for the board in February, Mason said.

District officials will discuss the budget in more detail at the community budget meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, in Room 160 of the high school.

-- Shannon Prusak contributed to this report. Reach Nikelle Snader at