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Town details library plan ahead of Dec. 5 vote

Additional information sessions have been scheduled for Kingston voters who want to learn more about the proposed construction of a new, $15.9 million library for the town.

The sessions will be held on Nov. 28 at noon and Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. at the library.

Voters gave their first round of approval for the project at a special Town Meeting on Nov. 14 and will now vote on the debt-exclusion override to Proposition 2 1/2 on Dec. 5.

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The town’s share of the cost of the project would be reduced through $6.9 million in state grants, but it would still need to borrow the remaining $9 million. The state money will be lost if the measure is not approved this year, according to Kingston library director Sia Stewart.

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If the debt-exclusion override is approved, the average Kingston homeowner would pay an additional $170 in property taxes for the first year, an amount that will decrease annually through the 20 years of the bond, Stewart said.

She said the project is “the result of a great deal of work by a great many people for more than five years. I’m happy that … the whole town have a voice in the future of the library.”

The new library would have flexible spaces to accommodate teen programming, quiet study, and technology training, she said.

Elaine Cushman Carroll can be reached at elaine_carroll@msn.com.