King's House responds to budget allocation story

February 16, 2017
King's House, the governor general's residence, sits on a 100-acre property in Kingston. The King's House Foundation wants to develop residential homes on 10 acres as a source of income.

King’s House has responded to news about the $40 million set aside for the purchase of a new vehicle and the supply and installation of an elevator for the Governor General's use.

The release reads in part, "King's House is a critical office within the Administration of Jamaica. It is the Office and official residence of the Head of State’s representative where he executes his legislative, ceremonial and community functions."

The release stated the current King’s House was established in 1872 and was later fitted with an elevator that has been malfunctioning for the past seven years.

"The use of an elevator at King’s House is of importance, given its role in enabling the disabled to access various levels of the building. Over the years, various proposals have been tendered to the, which provides King’s House with a subvention, to consider this line item in its fiscal allocation. This item has just now been approved in the Government’s 2017/2018 Budget," the release said.

The release also stated the current vehicle in which the Governor General travels in execution of his official duties is to be auctioned, following a board-of-survey by the Ministry of Finance which has deemed it unserviceable.

"All other budgetary allocations for King’s House are consumed in expenses, namely utilities, salaries for staff and stipend for 14 Custodes, property management, stationery and office supplies," the release stated.