Proposals to slash the winter maintenance budget, the removal of school swimming lessons, and the shutting of three recycling centres were all rejected as Perth and Kinross Council agreed their budget for the next three years.
For secondary schools pupils, the suggestion to increase the music tuition charge from £295 to £776 per student was dismissed – though there was cross-party support for reviewing music tuition and access to the subject.
The move to remove all remaining school crossing patrollers within Perth and Kinross was also rejected.
However the controversial decision to remove school crossing patrollers operating on light controlled or zebra crossings that was agreed last year remains in place, despite an ongoing backlash from local communities.
Plans to cut the school supply budget and money given to parent councils were also removed from the final agreement.
In arts and leisure £270,000 was committed towards Live Active Leisure while £180,000 was given to Culture Perth and Kinross.
A one-off payment of £100,000 was provided to Horsecross Arts following their recent overhaul.
Letham For All were awarded additional funding of £1 million for their community hub while Bloom Groups will receive a payment of £50,000 following recent national success.
Funding of £190,000 was also given to accelerate the modernisation of the council in terms of commercialisation, digitalisation and transformation as well as streamlining corporate business processes.
Conservative council leader Murray Lyle said: “A strong local economy provides the jobs and taxes that pay for the services which we have to provide as a council.
“That strong local economy also provides the funding for the services that our residents have come to expect.
“Economic development remains at the forefront of our ambitions for the whole of Perth and Kinross.
“Building on our investment last year I am pleased to announce in excess of £300,000 of measures to support our local economy.
“This new investment is in addition to the £1.8 million of measures the administration committed to in last years budget.
“The new investment will provide an enhanced economic development package that will encourage inward investment and provide assistance to new and existing businesses.”
SNP councillor Fiona Sarwar hit out at the lack of funding for environmental issues in the administration’s budget.
She said: “The SNP budget had plans to deliver on our commitment to the environment, so it was disappointing to see very little progress on this from the administration.
“While Councillor Lyle’s administration hobbled on to survive another day, it is not an administration which is delivering a vibrant and inspiring vision for the future of Perth and Kinross.”