It's libraries vs. cops in the 2007 city of Milwaukee budget discussions. Aldermen are tripping over themselves to spend the entire property tax levy on police, leaving other city departments to wither. (The priorities mean you might actually be able to get a police response when your car is destroyed by a city pothole that wasn't repaired because all the money went to assuring you of a police response when your car got destroyed by a city pothole).
Well, hell, St. Michael is closing, swimming pools will probably close, and other recreational opportunities in Milwaukee are being financially starved, so we might as well slash libraries, too.
I do wonder, though, if cops and libraries went head to head, which actually prevents more crime.