Ballston has long been without a town or highway tax, and is dipping into its $1.5 million reserve fund to maintain that status.
Southworth said that avoiding a town tax is vital, but added that Ballston cannot bleed its reserve fund indefinitely.
"I just feel it's inappropriate to keep taking out of your reserve funds for routine expenses," she said.
Through a wage freeze, Southworth said she hopes town programs that might otherwise be on the chopping block, like the summer recreation program, can be saved.
Both Southworth and Hynes are facing challenges to their seats in the November elections"Southworth is an Independent running with the Democratic Party's endorsement, and Hynes is a Republican.
There will be a number of future budget workshops, most near the middle to end of October.