The city has worked hard at cutting expenses in the last few years, and there was little left to cut in 2009, Schmidt said. The city council prioritized maintaining service and staff levels, he said.
In fact, the proposed budget adds staff time to the library and police department. The police department will function with 10 full-time officers for the first time, and the library hopes to add 30 hours a week for a library assistant to deal with increased use.
It sounds as though the proverbial fat lady has yet to sing. Keep your fingers crossed for the Milton Public Library.