Kingston: School override looms

Kingston Selectmen got a surprise Tuesday night– the possible need for an override. They heard from finance committee chairman Elaine Fiore.

“We’re going to need an override,” Fiore said.

The schools project a $1.3 million overage, caused primarily by special education needs. The schools have control of the special education budget within the district, but not when they must send students to out of district programs. The state will reimburse the town approximately $500,000. That leaves $800,000 to taxpayers.

“We can’t make that up, even if you shut down town hall,” Fiore said.

Fiore told Selectmen the overage could cost the average taxpayer an additional $200 a year. The town has a month to find a solution or give voters the choice of paying more taxes or laying off teachers.

About Charles Mathewson

Charles Mathewson worked in print journalism for more than two decades as a reporter and editor. He won several regional and national awards. He resides in Plymouth where he writes fiction and paints, when not producing award-winning news as a reporter for WATD.