First Reading In White Stone Showcases Proposed Budget

White Stone Town Council initiated the first reading of its proposed $251,405 budget for the fiscal year 2024-25. This budget anticipates a revenue increase of $8,893 in the general fund, primarily from prepared food taxes and utility reimbursements. Expenditure hikes are attributed to rising insurance rates and increased landscaping costs due to business district revitalization. Mayor William Hubbard reported a favorable audit for 2023, while ongoing revitalization efforts include street light installations and façade improvements. Construction progresses, with completion expected within the grant-mandated timeframe.