The town of White Bluff has been given the opportunity to buy a lot and house immediately behind town hall that Mayor Linda Hayes says could be used for future expansion. But Vice Mayor Todd Hamilton says now might not be the best time for the town to take on more debt. Hayes presented the council Tuesday night a letter from Nelson Russell of Mobile, Alabama, whose family has inherited the property at 218 Church Street behind town hall following the death of a family member. Hayes said Russell is giving the town the first option to buy the property with an initial asking price of $109,500. Hayes said the lot would present the town with some options for future projects. “Positives for exploring this offer include adjoining land for future expansion of town hall and/or park property… This building is already full. I mean, we could use more office space in this building,” Hayes said. The mayor said until it decides what to do with the property, it could rent it out as residential or commercial property to create some additional revenue. The downside, the mayor said, is taking on more debt for the purchase and the added expense of maintaining the property. But Hamilton said the town has been working hard to avoid going deeper into debt, including the decision to only pave streets as money is available. “I don’t believe we’re in the real estate business, Mayor, me personally. I don’t think right now is a good time to do it because we’re trying to set a standard. We’re pretty much paying as we pave. I just don’t feel like we should go out and borrow money currently to buy a piece of property that we won’t use currently,” Hamilton said. Hayes said the owners are waiting for the town’s response and asked the council to approve at least checking on terms for borrowing the money. The council voted 4-1 to look at what the cost of financing the purchase would be with Hamilton the only dissenting vote.