The Central York school board approved a preliminary budget Monday that includes a 4.3 percent tax increase for 2013-14.

The budget includes a 2.1 percent increase in local real estate taxes as allowed by the Act 1 index. The district also voted 7-2 to pursue exceptions from the state for special education and retirement costs that would allow the district to raise taxes an additional 2.2 percent.

Board members Gregory Lewis and Michael Snyder voted against pursuing the exceptions.

"I think it is a tactic that puts fear in the public, and therefore a tool we should not use," Lewis said.

The board pursued exceptions last year and approved a preliminary budget with a tax increase, but did not raise taxes in the final budget. The district has not raised taxes for the past two years.

Board members who voted for the budget and exceptions said they did not want to raise taxes, but that the district needed to keep its options open.

"I look at this as a story we've had the last three years. I certainly don't expect to use the exceptions, but there is a lot of uncertainty between now and June," board Vice President Timothy Bieber said. The governor's budget will not be available until February. A final budget will be approved in June.

"When it comes down to the final budget I will not be in favor of a tax increase," board member Robert Weikert said.

Central York has a property tax of 17.76 mills. A tax increase of 2.1 percent would result in a $55 increase for the homeowner of a $150,000 home and a 4.3 percent tax hike would be an increase of $114.

The preliminary budget can be viewed by going to the district's website.