Tisbury is in good financial health for the upcoming 2021 budget year, town administrator John (Jay) Grande and finance director Jon Snyder told selectmen Tuesday.

“We’ve all been working with various departments and collective bargaining units and the Tisbury School (and) we’ve made a lot of progress in terms of trimming the budget,” Mr. Grande said. “I was very pleased with the numbers I was reviewing over the past couple of days.”

Mr. Snyder told selectmen the town will save roughly $170,000 by not filling staff positions that have become vacant through attrition, and the Tisbury School is making cuts to its budget that will free up another $200,000.

To further reduce the budget, selectmen and the town finance committee also have recommended no action for several articles on the annual and special town meeting warrants.

“Most of the articles that we’re suggesting [voters} take no action on are free cash articles, so we would be saving free cash — a little more in our coffers,” Mr. Snyder said.

“The real test is going to be over the next year,” he added.

Warrants are posted at tisburyma.gov and will be published in the Gazette this week, in print and online. Mr. Grande said the finance committee’s recommendations also will be posted and printed in advance of the June 13 town meeting. The annual town election is June 23.

“All indications are generally good in the sense of savings,” he said. “The free cash buffer will be increased [and] our tax levy capacity will increase substantially as well. Both those items create a nice buffer for the town going forward.”

In other business Tuesday, selectmen endorsed an upcoming pilot plan relocating the taxi queue at the Steamship Authority terminal.

Once signs have been posted and cab companies notified, the taxis will begin parking parallel to the building, rather than diagonally as at present, and farther from the walkway.

“Our hope is that we can get five taxis lined up there,” selectman Jeff Kristal said. Under the plan, cabbies will arrive and depart by the roundabout at Union and Water streets, rather than through the boat line’s parking lot and across the path of arriving and departing traffic.

Mr. Grande said a recent meeting with cab companies and SSA representatives yielded a general consensus in favor of the trial. Mr. Kristal said if the first couple of weeks go smoothly, the pilot plan would likely be in effect for the season.

The cab reorientation is an early step toward a makeover for the Union and Water streets area, possibly to include reversing the one-way traffic flow on Union, intended to make it easier for walk-off ferry passengers to find their way into town.

“A very well-defined, dedicated pedestrian pathway leading from the Steamship to Union street and downtown . . . has been an objective of the town for many years,” Mr. Grande said.

Public works director Kirk Metell told selectmen that work is soon to begin on a retaining wall and pathway along the edge of the former fire department property on Beach street, next door to Cumberland Farms and the post office. The contractor is expected to begin work soon on the project, which Mr. Metell said would provide an appealing entrance to Veterans Memorial Park.

Selectmen also accepted a $3,000 annual grant to the town shellfish department from the Tisbury Waterways nonprofit and reviewed plans for the June 13 town meeting, which will be held on the school playground in a tent that town moderator Deborah Medders said can accommodate 120 people with social distancing. The meeting begins at 1 p.m. and Ms. Medders said she expects it to take no more than one session to move through the annual and special warrants.

Selectmen meet next on June 9.