First Selectman Lynne Vanderslice said Board of Finance Chair Jeff Rutishauser asked her and her fellow selectmen to explore $300,000 in cuts to the municipal budget, but she could come up with only $213,000 and selectmen would not endorse the numbers. For its fiscal year 2017 budget, the Board of Selectmen has proposed $32,414,880, a figure $17,314 less than what it budgeted for fiscal year 2016, marking a 0.05% decrease fiscal year over year. But as the Board of Finance attempts to address a $2.6 million shortfall \u2014 due to smaller than anticipated grand list growth, decreased surplus reserves, and an increase in debt service \u2014 it is considering tax hikes, budget cuts, and equations that involve both. At the April 4 meeting of the Board of Selectmen, Vanderslice said, \u201cJeff contacted me and requested that we provide the Board of Finance with a list of what we would do in reaction to a 1% cut, a 2% cut, and a 3% cut.\u201d But the first selectman said she told Rutishauser she \u201ccan\u2019t even respond to a 2% or a 3% cut\u201d because she\u2019d be \u201cgetting into things that just don\u2019t make any sense.\u201d \u201cHe gave me a revised ask of $300,000, which is close to the 1% cut,\u201d Vanderslice said. Still, Vanderslice couldn\u2019t hit that mark. She moved some things around and got to $213,000, which she called \u201crealistic.\u201d \u201cIf we have to produce $300,000, I can\u2019t produce it all just on the town side,\u201d she said. \u201cI don\u2019t have anything else.\u201d Selectmen had budgeted $20,000 to replace a health department vehicle, but police have an old cruiser they can decommission and donate for health department purposes. \u201cInstead of spending $20,000 on a used vehicle, we\u2019ll use that, and that saves us $11,000,\u201d Vanderslice said, because police usually get $9,000 for a trade-in. Swapping out training webinars for travel to conferences would save the finance department $3,000, she said. \u201c[Public Works Director] Tom [Thurkettle] said that he could move his fiscal year \u201917 dump truck purchase into fiscal year \u201918, and he felt comfortable moving all the dump trucks out a year,\u201d Vanderslice said. Other than that, Vanderslice added that she had all the departments look at their respective capital plans and make recommendations for spreading purchases out. \u201cThat whole thing gets you to 213, and I\u2019m OK with that,\u201d Vanderslice said. \u201cThe question is, if we have to cut 300, where\u2019s the balance coming from, and do we want to ask the nonprofits who have asked for increases to share in the reduction?\u201d \u201cI\u2019m not about to endorse this tonight,\u201d said Selectman Dick Dubow. \u201cI think Dick\u2019s got a valid point,\u201d Second Selectman Michael Kaelin said. \u201cThe four of us [selectmen] aren\u2019t really in a position to make a decision on where the cuts would be tonight. If that\u2019s what they do, that\u2019s what they do,\u201d he said. \u201cI would prefer to wait as well,\u201d Selectman David Clune added before town executives agreed to pass Vanderslice\u2019s recommendations on to Rutishauser without an official decision or endorsement from the board.