White Stone council approves $167,730 budget for 2017-18

WHITE STONE—There were no comments from the public at a hearing on White Stone’s proposed 2017-18 budget last Thursday. In fact, no one from the public attended the brief special meeting.

Town council unanimously approved the $161,730 budget, 5-0.

Irving Brittingham made the motion to approve the budget, which shows a $12,000 decrease from the 2017 budget. A portion of the decrease comes from a conservative estimate by town manager Patrick Frere for revenue from the town’s cigarette tax. He decreased expected revenue from the tax by $4,000.

Blair Kenyon seconded the motion and voting to approve the budget were Brittingham, Kenyon, William Hubbard, Paul Elbourn and Ran Reeves. Drew Hubbard and Kelli Blankenship were absent.

W. Hubbard made a motion to adopt the related budget appropriation ordinance and Kenyon made the second. The motion passed unanimously.

In new business, Kenyon made a motion to allow the Bank of Lancaster branch at 708 Rappahannock Drive to add color, along with time, tide and temperature information to its existing electronic sign. Reeves made the second and the motion passed unanimously.

Council also voted unanimously to have Lampkin Solutions maintain the garden area and landscaping at the town commons. Brittingham made the motion to hire the landscaping company and Kenyon made the second.

Council will next meet at 7 p.m. July 6 at Town Hall, 433 Rappahannock Drive.