Jo Stephenson, Leader of the Lib Dem group which is in coalition with the Labour group, recommends the budget be passed saying:
"No-one enters politics hoping to have the opportunity to make cuts and I certainly didn't.
"However, this is the hand we have been dealt and we must play it...I believe this budget serves the needs of the whole county and it's people in all their diversity - a budget which balances the need to cut our coat according to the cloth of our available finances whist at the same time protecting the most vulnerable in our community."
Councillor Keith Little told the county councils budget meeting repairs to Cumbria's roads caused by recent bad weather could hit £2 million.
Damage caused by last nights storm is still being assessed.
There were cheers in the chamber as he reminded Councillors the Prime Minister David Cameron promised 'money was no object' for repairs and said they're working with the Government to try and secure funding.
Different sort of pounds currently on the agenda at meeting after Cumbria was named fattest county in England.
One councillor says the findings should be taken 'with a pinch of salt' after reports the survey was carried out via phone with less than 1000 people.
Councillor Pat Bell who looks after Public Health and Community Services say the Copeland area, which was labelled fattest in the county, already has a range of programmes aimed at encouraging exercise but this issue needs "a range of approaches".