The Sherman board of selectmen was to meet Thursday, May 31, to finalize cuts to the proposed 2012-13 budget.

Voters rejected the $4.45 million municipal spending plan May 19. The education budget passed easily, but the municipal budget failed by a vote of 364 to 280.

"What I've heard from voters is that they want the facilities manager position cut from the budget," said First Selectman Clay Cope.

"There are a lot of town buildings to be managed, especially with the emergency services facility coming on line," he said. "But I believe that position can be eliminated and a facilities coordinator position can replace it at a lower salary."

The facilities manager would be a new position, with a proposed salary budgeted at $25,000.

Mr. Cope was hoping for a finalized budget figure by Thursday. A second referendum is set for June 16.

Susan Tuz