City Manager Ken Kerns presented it to the commission last month in preparation for this week's revisions. However, commissioners deviated very little from Kern's recommendations.
About $23,500 of funding was carved out of public projects and programs in the general fund.
Hardest hit were the Winchester Historic Preservation Commission and the Community Education program. Still, both will receive more funding in the 2007-08 budget than in the current year's.
Meanwhile, another $28,000 of spending was added to the budget for capital equipment purchases, including an additional snow truck for Winchester Public Works and a thermal imager for Winchester Fire-EMS.
Even those asking for money acknowledged the commission's difficult job of doling out funds.
"I do not envy you in your job today, because you do have a lot of requests," said Clare Sipple, who asked the commission for $15,000 of behalf of the Clark County-Winchester Heritage Commission.
The commission also supported a series of policy reviews in areas such as billing and personnel where officials believe additional money could be obtained or saved.
Otherwise, most of Kerns' recommendations remain intact.
A 3 percent across-the-board raise for city employees remains in the budget, along with a projected 4 percent increase in property tax revenue.
About 40 percent of the general fund is dedicated to Winchester Fire-EMS, which would receive $3.3 million for fire services and $1.9 for EMS.
Another $3.3 million is earmarked for the Winchester Police Department, and Winchester Public Works would receive about $920,000.
Expenses will amount to more than $772,000 in the capital equipment fund.
Probably most problematic are projections indicating that the city will spend $900,000 more in the general fund, then it will reap revenues in the next fiscal year. That imbalance is expected to grow to $1.2 million in 2011.
However, city officials also project a ending fund balance of about $2.4 million of reserves in June 2008 - well over the commission's stated goal of $2 million.
Burtner acknowledged the imbalance in revenues and expenditures, but he expressed optimism over the budget in total.
"My hope and my desire is that as we get into this budget year with the policy changes that some of those things will be cost-saving measures," he said.
He reiterated that expenditures are usually overestimated while revenues are underestimates.
Commissioner Rick Beach also praised the budget and commended the work sessions, calling them deliberate.
"We did make some cuts in areas that the commission felt like we need to make some cuts in," he said.
But at least one commissioner is already vowing to vote against the budget.
Although he called it unlikely, Commissioner Shannon Cox had expressed hopes Thursday to end the session with a balanced budget.
He advocated shaving $400,000 to $500,000 from the budget recommendations in various areas during Friday's session.
"I was very disappointed that it seemed like I was the only one at times who would make a motion to cut in a very hard budget year," he said. "I felt that I was much more willing to make cuts than the others were."
The commission is next scheduled to meet on Tuesday, but budget matters are not on the agenda.