Restaurant receipts, legal opinions, reimbursement policies, IRS regulations, and cash balances and investment income all converged this week in Trumbull as the town\u2019s first selectman, Tim Herbst, and its treasurer, Anthony Musto, walked the political tightrope together after the latter requested the former\u2019s itemized credit card receipts earlier this month. Wading through the dozens and dozens of pages of documents, one thing remains clear: Trumbull\u2019s top officials need to sit down and mend their broken relationship or the town will suffer from their discord. It\u2019s hard for that meeting to happen when the treasurer spends two hours a week in Town Hall, according to Herbst. But treasurer is a job that requires a lot of work to be done outside the office, Musto contests. Where\u2019s the middle ground? It\u2019s certainly not in the pages and pages of receipts culled from the first selectman\u2019s annual $5,000 expense account or in Musto\u2019s report and performance at the Board of Finance last Thursday night \u2014 both of which have been under the critical eye of the other this week. While a majority of his restaurant tabs comply with IRS Regulation 463, a record-keeping stipulation that requires the receipt to include the business\u2019s name and location, the number of people served at the meal, and the date and amount of the expense, Herbst admitted he could do a better job at being more specific with the details of staff meeting lunches and business dinners. But he doesn\u2019t have to provide itemized details of what someone ate or drank at a given meal, per Regulation 463, which, for better or worse, is what the town follows for internal compliance from its elected official. As treasurer, Musto would like to enact his own reimbursement policy for town employees. Progress is being made on that front, according to the town\u2019s finance department, but there wasn\u2019t any immediate resolution this week because the town was busy pushing through its nine-figure budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year. As for Musto\u2019s \u201ccareless and sloppy\u201d financial report presentation to the Board of Finance on April 14 that was attacked by both Herbst and board chairman Elaine Hammers this week, the treasurer said it was an unfortunate mistake of putting a decimal in the wrong place and attaching a draft of the document, rather than the final copy of it. Herbst said Musto is working too hard on finding \u201cthe smoking gun\u201d to sabotage his administration and that\u2019s why the report came in the way it did. He even alluded to a theory that Musto wasn\u2019t preparing the reports himself after he watched footage of the meeting and saw that the treasurer could not answer the board\u2019s questions and failed to present a timely correction on Friday, April 15, or Monday, April 18. A corrected report was supplied to the board Wednesday \u2014 one that was still full of errors, according to Hammers. While she wants to know where the town\u2019s money is and whether the $350,000 goal for interest income will be met by June 30, Musto says the interest is still building at the normal .38% rate and that the bottom-line number for interest income on the town\u2019s investments \u2014 albeit incorrect when presented last Thursday \u2014 will exceed the goal set by the finance board to help balance the budget. When it comes to the first selectman\u2019s expenses, Musto doesn\u2019t deny his concern. He said he wants to see specifically what he is approving for reimbursement and does not understand why there has been so much resistance thus far. Party affiliation is the answer \u2014 Herbst is a Republican serving in his fourth term as first selectman and Musto is a Democrat who previously served as treasurer under former First Selectman Ray Baldwin, also a Democrat, almost a decade ago before being re-elected in November. Both have dug into each other\u2019s pasts this past week \u2014 what each leader has said and what each has done about expense account reimbursement and which policy is more favorable for the taxpayers of Trumbull. But at the present time, there\u2019s a more important question that Herbst and Musto are both circling around in their investigation and criticism of each other \u2014 a time-consuming process that they each hope will result in a better Trumbull. Ironically, they share common ground in admitting that there is room for better performance, whether it\u2019s being more specific with receipts or placing a decimal point in the right column of a monthly financial report. Errors have been made, and now the question is, can the damage from this week be repaired?