Free cash to fund Kingston Elementary HVAC rooftop project instead
KINGSTON – After all, new roof heating, ventilation and air conditioning units on the roof of Kingston Elementary School do not require borrowing.
Instead, voters at the fall meeting will be asked to approve $239,000 of free money to complete the project.
Kingston has been approved for a grant from the Massachusetts School Building Authority for approximately 53.5 percent of the cost, or up to $498,000, for a balance of $439,000 to be funded locally.
Town Meeting previously approved $200,000 in free cash for the rooftop units in May 2019. The district’s funding for the rooftop unit replacement project was $937,414. The roof replacement project aims to extend the life of the school.
At Tuesday night’s selection meeting, City Treasurer Carl Pike said permission is now needed from the Local Services Division of the State Department of Revenue to issue general funds until the Town Meeting approves the $239,000, or possibly less, of free cash. to spend money.
“The maximum it will be is $239,000, but the way the bids came in may be less than that, and it just seems silly to me to make the debt cost,” he said.
The board of directors voted unanimously, 5-0.
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