The 2.1 percent hike is the maximum by which the school district can raise the tariff and Reigel said Quakertown will not ask the state for exceptions.

The tax increase, a 3.02 mill hike that places total school tax millage at 146.94 mills, will raise an additional $1.16 million dollars.

The remaining $2.3 million budget gap will be filled by the school district's fund balance.

Reigel said the district's $3.36 million spending plan is a 3.6 percent increase over the 2013-14 budget.

He said salaries in the district are rising by $778,000 and retirement costs will increase by about $1 million.

Reigel said the erosion of real estate taxes by about $500,000 have also eaten into the budget.

"So, we've got another 30 days to come up with $1.1 million in cuts to avoid a tax increase," said Sherer, who called for finance committee meetings to examine the issues.

Directors are scheduled to approve a preliminary final budget at the April 24 school board meeting and pass a final budget at their June 12 meeting.