First Selectman Lynne Vanderslice's office was notified Thursday, Dec. 29, \u00a0that Wilton\u2019s Education Cost Sharing Grant was being reduced by about 30% to $462,941 for fiscal year 2017. This is a reduction of $202,441 from what was contained in the state budget passed in May. That number \u2014 $665,382 \u2014 was a big cut from nearly $1.5 million for Wilton in the state\u2019s fiscal year 2016 budget. Wilton\u2019s loss was just a small part of $50 million in mid-year cuts announced by Gov. Dannel Malloy\u2019s budget office that includes $20 million in cuts to municipalities and $30 million from grants for local construction projects. A letter to several state legislative leaders from the state\u2019s Office of Policy and Management indicated the reductions will be applied to the January 2017 and April 2017 ECS payments. \u201cThese reductions will be made in a needs-directed manner, whereby the ECS grant is reduced between 25% and 90% for the 25 wealthiest communities, and the 68 poorest communities in the state will lose only 1% or less of their ECS grant,\u201d the letter said. The cuts also include a \u201ccircuit breaker\u201d for 48 distressed municipalities which limits the cut to $250,000 or 2% of aid. For comparison, Greenwich\u2019s ECS grant was cut by just over 90%, from $1.4 million to $136,859 \u2014 the largest cut in the state. Neighboring New Canaan was cut by 50% from $678,845 to $339,590, and Ridgefield was cut 29% from 805,748 to 571,648.