The Red Lion school board will consider a budget next month that could raise taxes by 1.5 percent.

And Red Lion is also considering taking $2.2 million from its savings to balance the 2013-14 budget.

The school board will vote on a preliminary budget at its Thursday, May 2, meeting. A final budget vote is set for Thursday, June 5.

A 1.5 percent tax hike would mean a tax hike of about $57 for the owner of a $150,000 home, raising the tax rate from 22.38888 mills to 22.7684 mills.

The district has already trimmed more than $1.9 million from originally proposed expenses through attrition, a decrease in transportation costs and other cost-savings measures.

The district expects to lose 22 positions through attrition, but no student programs are being cut.

The 1.5 percent tax hike would be lower than the 2.3 percent tax cap set by the state. Red Lion school board members had decided earlier this year not to exceed that cap.

But the district is also facing a $1.6 million increase in its contribution to the Public School Employees Retirement System.

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